[Mageia-dev] default kde media player

Remy CLOUARD shikamaru at mandriva.org
Thu Mar 10 20:28:37 CET 2011

On Thu, Mar 10, 2011 at 09:17:28AM +0100, Dimitrios Glentadakis wrote:
> 2011/3/10 Oliver Burger <oliver.bgr at googlemail.com>
> > 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?
> >
> > Oliver
> >
> VLC would be a nice solution if it had an oxygen theme
I would prefer vlc too, since it has been rewritten in Qt (was

I don’t know if that counts, but it’s also one of the most popular open
source application in the windows world like firefox and openoffice, so
newcomers would not be lost.

The issue I have with vlc is its playlist handling which I don’t like,
but that might just be an option to activate.
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