[Bug 220899] [NEW] [Hardy] Wrong default image browser

ubuntu4fun K2Osuchowski at gmail.com
Wed Apr 23 07:10:05 UTC 2008

Public bug reported:

Binary package hint: xubuntu-default-settings

1. I'm using Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron RC with all the updates available

2. Packages important in this case are as follows: Xfce 4 Desktop Environment
version 4.4.2 (Xfce 4.4), GIMP 2.4.5, ristretto 0.0.18.

3. After fresh install and updating the system I wanted to view some of my photos. 
It is obvious that if someone wants to browse some pictures/photos/wallpapers etc. the image viewer should be used to open this type of files as a default app. Users wants most often to VIEW the image file, not to EDIT them.

4. When I tried to open a first photo (JPG) in the folder the photo was opened with the GIMP Image Editor, not with the ristretto 0.0.18 the image viewer. I don't know if such a bug exist also for other graphic file formats but it definitely  takes place for JPG files.

This bug is very annoying especially when you want to browse a folder
with a lot of pictures.  A picture is opened with the gimp image EDITOR,
you have to wait when all the GIMP extensions are loaded and waste your
time. Every single image has to be opened manually, you can't easy open
the next image with the GIMP.

Immediately replace default application to open images with the image VIEWER not with the image EDITOR.

Ristretto 0.0.18 - "a fast and lightweight picture-viewer for the Xfce desktop environment" seems to be in early stage of the development. When I browsed a folder containing 31 photos with Ristretto the memory usage reached up to 111,5 MB (!) when browsing files very fast. Is this really LIGHTWEIGHT picture-viewer? 

I decided to download GPicView 0.1.9 from GetDeb.net to take a deeper look at the problem.
( http://www.getdeb.net/search.php?keywords=GPicView )

It is said at the GetDeb.net website: "GPicView is a simple and fast
image viewer with low memory usage. This little program is not aimed to
be powerful or feature-rich. It's aimed to replace the default image
viewer of current desktop systems. Fast-startup, low memory usage, and
simple user interface make it a good choice for default viewer. "

While browsing the same folder of photos with GPicView the average
memory usage was about 21.4 MB (started from 19 MB and sometimes reached
36 MB). How can you compare 111,5 MB with 36 MB?

I think these bugs should be fixed BEFORE the final Hardy LTS release.


** Affects: xubuntu-default-settings (Ubuntu)
     Importance: Undecided
         Status: New

[Hardy] Wrong default image browser
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