Am Samstag, den 23.01.2010, 16:12 +0100 schrieb Reinhard Tartler:
> [ 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!

I am against dropping gmplayer (the gui for mplayer). The package names
can be improved. Here are my suggestions:

* mplayer should ship the previous mplayer-nogui package.

* gmplayer should ship the gmplayer binary (previous mplayer package)

Benjamin Drung
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