[Mageia-dev] default kde media player

Donald Stewart watersnowrock at gmail.com
Thu Mar 10 18:10:36 CET 2011

On 10 March 2011 08:41, Michael Scherer <misc at zarb.org> wrote:
> Le jeudi 10 mars 2011 à 08:55 +0100, Oliver Burger a écrit :
>> There was already a discussion about that in the alpha2 iso thread but I think
>> it's better to discuss this in a thread of its own.
>> Most people "voted" for smplayer in the other thread, which would be fine with
>> me. It's qt based (nothing against gtk, but using a gtk based application as
>> default in kde is just weird. try to do it the other way arround and you'll be
>> lynched by gnome fans), its backend mplayer is a powerfull player.
>> But: I'm having a strange thing about it on my Mageia box: I start it, I open
>> an ogg file, I play it. I close smplayer, start it again and it won't play the
>> same ogg file anymore. I close smplayer again rm ~/.config/smplayer start it
>> again, it plays my file and so on. Anybody else having the same thing? Is it a
>> bug or just pebcak?
>> Others preffered dragon player, which is KDE's default. We could but I don't
>> really like it, since it's a bit too simplistic in my eyes.
>> I personally prefer kaffeine. It's working just fine for me, has many more
>> options then dragon player. But some of you told it's not stable enough (in
>> what way?) and some don't like it because it's not using phonon but libxine
>> directly.
>> The next option would be totem which I hate (just a personal thing). And it's
>> a gtk application which I consider weird as default in KDE.
>> Then there is kmplayer, I haven't really used it till now, but it's working
>> and it's offering you playback of local files, optical media and tv (which I
>> couldn't test due to not existing hardware.
>> Next option would be xine-ui which definitely is looking a bit old fashioned.
>> Did I forget anything? And what do you think?
> I do think that no one mentioned 2 others importants factors :
> - maintainability ( ie, something with a sane way of doing thing, that
> exclude stuff based on libffmpeg ), that also mean a sane packaging
> ( ie, being able to separate plugins is IMHO better , especially for a
> patent minefield ).
> - security, again, no one took that in account ( given
> http://caca.zoy.org/wiki/zzuf/bugs , I am again not very keen on relying
> on xine or mplayer personally )
> --
> Michael Scherer

I would vote for VLC, firstly because it plays pretty much everything,
its qt based, and finally becuase it is platform independant, every OS
seems to have VLC.

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