[ CC'ing Andrea as I'm not sure if you are actively reading our team
  lists. I haven't seen you active since quite some time ]

Hi folks,

A few weeks ago, fabrice and I discussed dropping the -gui variant from
the mplayer package. Currently the situation is this:

 - mplayer-nogui ships a copy of mplayer that does not depend on X11 and
   related libraries. It is the commongly used variant of mplayer

 - mplayer contains mplayer-gui, which is known to cause many problems
   that are known to upstream but they are not interested in fixing
   them. Have a look at the upstream archives and the bugs filed in
   launchpad against this

 - the 'mplayer' package ships a .desktop file with mime-type
   associations, which makes people use mplayer-gui from filemanagers
   like nautilus and become the impression that mplayer-gui was actually
   supposed to work.

 - there are various other really great 3rd party frontends for mplayer,
   smplayer seems to be most popular, but there are also others like
   kmplayer that work much better than the original mplayer-gui variant.

fabrice_sp and I discussed the possibility of dropping the mplayer-gui
variant and ship non-X11 version of mplayer only. If nobody objects, I
intend to merge the mplayer-nogui into the mplayer package, and provide
the nongui variant only. The next upload will probably close a large
amount of bugs in launchpad then.

If someone thinks that this was a bad idea, now would be a great time to
speak up!

Reinhard Tartler, KeyID 945348A4

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