Considering Totem instead Gxine

Christian Csar cacsar at
Fri Sep 14 18:49:26 UTC 2007

I have been using gxine to watch DVDs, DivX video as well as listen to 
music. I will admit with DVDs the screen would flicker every few 
minutes, but generally I would not encounter problems. DVD menus seemed 
to work fine, and one can skip the annoying FBI messages and previews.

I must admit that I have had it, xmms, and xine-ui all start seg 
faulting on me, as I mentioned in a different post, to which I never 
received a response.
Ghostvirus wrote:
> On 9/14/07, *Jani Monoses* <jani at <mailto:jani at>> wrote:
>     Hello,
>     I have been thinking lately of switching over to Totem for the following
>     reasons besides the generic ones that were mentioned in the GNOME apps
>     thread.
>     - it is friendlier than gxine
>     - we get another package co-maintained with Ubuntu lessening our bug
>     triage
>     - its dependencies are in already (although that was not a maneuver to
>     get here!)
>     - according to the threads here and the forum poll, gxine seems to be
>     one of the top apps that are being switched out from a default install.
>     The alternative is usually vlc or mplayer but we cannot include those
>     - has a nicer firefox plugin
>     Totem can use either gstreamer or libxine as a backend, here are the
>     pros and cons I know
>     totem-gstreamer
>       - gstreamer is the one used in Ubuntu so the maintenance argument
>     applies
>       - gstreamer has integrated the codec wizard that downloads missing
>     codecs when a certain media being played needs them
>     - pidgin in xubuntu already depends on libgstreamer
>     totem-xine
>     - we keep the same functionality as with gxine only with a nicer GUI
>     - has better DVD support than gstreamer
>     well thought out and constructive comments welcome, regardless of their
>     being for or against this change :)
>     thanks
>     Jani
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> I'm sorry, but trading one useless app for another useless one sounds 
> pointless to me. How many people honestly use Totem for their regular 
> video watching? I don't know anyone that uses it. Everyone inevitably 
> installs VLC and/or MPlayer, especially if they're using Xfce. Obviously 
> those can't be included by default, but why switch gxine out for Totem? 
> I fail to see how Totem is better to use. It's hardly any more 
> user-friendly than gxine. "It's already in Ubuntu" seems to be the only 
> reasoning behind this...
> Just my $0.02.
> Ghostvirus

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