Talk:Linux Video Playback

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Level of detail

Is it necessary to add installation instructions for every combination of player and distribution, or should we just add a generic section referring users to their package manager to install software? Also don't most distributions already come with a load of players preinstalled, so perhaps we can just list the configuration options required to get the most out of them. /Daf0x

  • I think it's important to list the different methods for package managers, it helps Linux n00bs figure out the system they use, it's very encouraging. Those preinstalled players are usually just useless frontends to broken MPlayer and Xine installations. Never mind encouraging mediocrity, it's easier to get people in the mindset of starting from scratch. All we need is instructions for a fully codec'd up MPlayer and Xine, as those are the most popular players. /iddqd
    • Those pre-installed players are actually frontends for gstreamer and xine, but I agree. -Raylu 17:57, 17 July 2010 (UTC)
  • I agree with iddqd, that's the way I will keep the wiki too. I won't like it if people go erasing the work unless you have a good reason. --Calvin 02:56, 2 September 2008 (UTC)
  • I made some changes, but there is still some work to be done, mostly by people familiar with distros that I am not. Xiong Chiamiov 08:10, 27 November 2008 (UTC)

Nov '09, March '10

I don't understand the logic for those two edits by Koolabsol. Why was the option to compile MPlayer from source removed? The other changes break formatting consistency. I'm reverting to my last edit in October '09 and reapplying some of the typos he fixed. -Raylu 17:56, 17 July 2010 (UTC)

Well whoops. Sorry about that. Hope you don't mind me adding back in some of the changes I made. Hopefully I don't delete entire sections this time. --Koolabsol 19:22, 21 August 2010 (UTC)


Would there be any objection if I were to add MPV to the list of recommended media players, along with a section on how to use it, and some recommended config-file options? --Aphirst (talk) 23:19, 3 January 2014 (CET)

Not at all. I was going to add it myself at some point soon now that it's going to be in the next releases of both Debian and Ubuntu.
One nice thing about mpv is that there are very few config options to worry about, relative to mplayer/mplayer2 - the defaults seem to be generally sensible, automatically choosing accelerated video output devices and styled subs. I expect many users will get along just fine without any config file. -- Zaribet (talk) 01:02, 7 February 2014 (CET)