I've used both, and xineliboutput is arguably easier to get working as you 
only need the standard xine-lib for your repo, but....

I've chosen over the years to use vdr-xine as it seems to give the most 
options to change the front end, as it uses the standard one.  I start it 

xine --no-splash -Bfpqg -r anamorphic -V 
 --post vdr_video --post vdr_audio vdr://tmp/vdr-xine/stream#demux:mpeg_pes 
 > /dev/null 2>&1

It's served me well for 5 years...

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Lauri Tischler" <>
To: "VDR Mailing List" <>
Sent: Wednesday, April 29, 2009 9:42 PM
Subject: Re: [vdr] Best practices for running vdr-xine

> VDR User wrote:
>> On Tue, Apr 28, 2009 at 1:20 PM, Simon Baxter <> 
>> wrote:
>>> I've recently taken a different approach altogether.
>>> I use MyMediaSystem (mms) as the "front end" to my pvr for dvd, movies,
>>> pictures, music, weather, radio etc etc and TV.  When you select TV, it
>>> launches vdr-xine.
>>> I wanted a high quality graphical (open-gl) look - and the ability to 
>>> play
>>> music playlists while cycling through my photo collection.
>>> VDR, vdr-xine and mms seem to work very well together too....
>> Interesting.  Do you have a howto for this?  I'm sure I know some guys
>> who would like to try it as an alternative to xbmc+VDR.
> Has anybody made some kind of pros and cons analysis between
> vdr-xine and xineliboutput.
> Which is better or are they just different ?
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