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Re: (Newbie) Functioning In Debian

On Thu, 2003-02-27 at 06:16, Colin Watson wrote:
> On Wed, Feb 26, 2003 at 10:54:36PM -0800, Paul Johnson wrote:
> > mplayer is quite slick.  I really like how the GUI is optional in
> > mplayer, and fail to grasp how people coming from Windows see this as
> > a bug.  Media players don't need 40,000 pounds of chrome over them
> > about as much as they need to be web browsers, and I think a good
> > portion of Windows users agree (contrary to the existance of Windows
> > Media Player).  Honestly, what do these people expect?
> In fact I don't think I've ever even got mplayer's GUI to work. I guess
> if I had to I'd figure it out, but there's really so little incentive to
> do so ...
> -- 
> Colin Watson                                  [cjwatson@flatline.org.uk]

I have the gui working when I build it on my own, although I have so
many -dev packages installed to support its functionality that I
sometimes wonder if I'm not doing development work on it just to run
./configure ;)

Actually, my trick has always been to run ./configure with the settings
I want for it before running debian/rules - Christian's packages, while
great for probably most environments, still may not be perfect for every
last implementation due to the underlying design of mplayer. Even the
default debian/rules doesn't give me quite the reliability I want, while
with my options to ./configure, I can sit back and watch my business and
news channels over the Internet 24/7, and check the vcds I'm burning of
my parents' home movies (they converted 8 mm film that had broken
numerous times to VHS, which the vcr then proceeded to eat. Since there
is no audio, each two hour vhs tape is comfortably fitting on a single
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