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I've got Totem (xine backend), VLC and Mplayer installed on my desktop and mostly I use Totem. If it could open ISOs and handle DVDs with menus in the same way as VLC I'd probably never use anything else. Mplayer's there mostly because it's a dependency of ripping/encoding tools I use. It's a decent enough player but has some strange issues like if I resize the playback window the aspect ratio isn't retained and it also struggles with some DVD menus. VLC I guess is the most complete player but I need/want something that shows me some simple controls in fullscreen with a movement of the mouse, not with a click. I'll vote for Totem-xine as it's the one I use the most and I've found it available on every (HDD installable)distro I tried. I'd like VLC more if it wasn't such a complete b!t*h to compile for those distros that don't have a working/recent version in their repos. If i could only have one media player to do everything audio and video I guess it would be VLC, but I have the luxury of choice so Totem.
I chose vlc because it can play pretty much whatever you throw at it, and I've used it a lot in Windows and Linux. mplayer would be my second choice. It is a little more difficult to install, but the browser plugins are great.
However, I watch most videos outside of my browser so I am sticking with vlc.
mplayer opens and plays everything. it's great. but i've been using kaffeine alot this year. it plays most of what i need and it's good for dvds. it supports menus. mplayers not so good for dvd's. have to specify title/chapter, no menu support.
so,... i love mplayer. but i voted kaffeine.
For me mplayer and VLC is such a tight race. Mplayer simply has the features and the ability to play pretty much everything that you throw at it, no matter how bad the condition of the source is... I never figured out how to correct the audio syncing in vlc. Now that mplayer has a drag-and-drop playlist It has replaced VLC. But I think both are absolutely awesome.