Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 6th Jul 2006 10:41 UTC
SuSE, openSUSE Last week, I wrote about my first impressions of SUSE Enterprise Linux Desktop 10, after only a day of usage. I was quite impressed by the whole package, claiming that "I can confidently say that this release candidate outshines Windows Vista's beta" and "I'd even go as far as to say that even Apple should be worried". I still stand by those two statements, but after a week of daily usage, some reflection on just how much it outshines Vista or how worried Apple should be are justified.
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Multimedia
by Ultimatebadass on Thu 6th Jul 2006 12:08 UTC
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2006-01-08

SLED also has serious issues concerning multimedia, especially video-wise. As most GNOME-based distributions, it comes with Totem installed, and, well, that is about it; Totem is installed. It does not do anything, refuses to play any video or DVD, even with the proper codecs and usual Linux DVD packages installed. You are basically forced into using Mplayer and Xine, and even though they are not bad applications or anything, they do not integrate well with the GNOME desktop in any way.

I don't know about SLED but in SUSE 10.1 all it took to get Totem to play most of the file types I've come across (and this also gives you working video thumbnails) was to install xine-based version (1.5.something i think). ...Or maybe I did something wrong with the gstreamer-based one, but anyway - that's how i've solved this problem.

Also, if you want an app that will integrate with gnome desktop better than xine or mplayer - use VLC (with wxWidgets interface). I rarely use Totem due to very limited configuration it's GUI provides, but it's still worth to get it working for those nice thumbnails :-)

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