I just got a reply from Mark Shuttleworth about the discussion we had a while
back about Totem, Gstreamer, etc. being essentially "broken." He said this
> Thanks, I took a look at that thread. A lot of the issues are straight
> bugs, glitches, that should be reported as bugs in Launchpad.
> https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+filebug >
> Now that upstream has stopped moving under us, would be a good time to
> file bugs on the things that irritate you (but not fr new features).
> As for stuff like codecs that are legal in some countries but not very
> widely, I think we need to consider a solution which makes those things
> easy to install for users who confirm that they are satisfied they are
> doing so legally. That's going to take some engineering work, for which
> we don't have time before the release. If you can get folks who are
> interested in that to put together a solution for review, then that
> would be great. Otherwise, draft up a specification for what's needed,
> register it at:
> https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+specs >
> And then let me take a look at it.
The part that I would like to draw attention to is that now is the time to
submit any bugs (but not feature requests) concerning media playback.
Unfortunately, the "Restricted Formats Assistant" will have to wait until
next release. (I have already sent him the following web sites for
On Friday 17 March 2006 11:19 am, you wrote:
> Hi Dane,
> If you hear anything on the specification/development of a "restricted
> formats assitant", please let me know.
> I would like to help on this, perhaps help to develop it, but there
> seems to be no centralized movement.
If I knew more about software development, I could help you out in that area,
but unfortunately, I'm really a novice. :-(
> The fellow that wrote up those
> three wiki pages doesn't seem open to the ideas that others have. We
> need to consider the possibility of a post-install assitant AND the
> possibility of an on-demand assistant (presented when the user tries to
> play restricted format X). I think the latter is more likely to be
> approved, as a specification.
> Also, you should be aware of this spec:
Nice spec. I suspect that Mr. Roza will be open to some ideas if you send
them his way.
Since I keep getting errors from Totem when I try to load a realmedia
(.rm) file, how can I tell Ubuntu to let RealPlayer handle it? It is
darned hard to figure out how to change file associations, especially
for media files where the URL is generated dynamically, so I cannot
easily download the file to disk.