I just want to use this thread to say something I wanted a long time to say, but never had thought on the right place to do it..
I realy dont imagine Why Ubuntu a such fenomenal distro has always come with this sucking media player called Totem!
There are TONs of much more elaborated players that play out of the box almost any format, like vlc, mplayer, xine, kaffeine, and I neve understood why totem is the choosen one to come with ubuntu!
I never could play any Avi, Mpg, Wmv, Mov and even a common format like mp4 is not always that plays, of course someone will say - "but you can apt-get the right plugin". Well, I can, if the box Im using trhought the live CD in the moment had internet (Im posting this from other pc), I can if wasnt necessary stay looking for one of the many codecs available with gstreamer and stuff, so if I had my entire life for searching the right codec the answer is: Yes, I can download with apt-get, OR I can simple install VLC, or mplayer and his essencials package and play anything without worry.
But if is so simple Why all this angry? Because is nonsense totem come with gnome/ubuntu and everytime you want to play something you have to do an open with, to avoid see another time totem saying that he wont plaY because dont have the right plugin...
This is a kind of relief, and sometime ago I searched in the net trying to see if Im so crazy with my opnion, and like is suppose, Im not! There are many other people who have the same feeling, and the worse part is when you have Windowzer friend next to you, waiting to you to open that media and you always have to explain "Ops, I opened with the wrong aplication, let me go to the terminal, or make 10 clicks more to open this file and let you have this wrong feeling that linux just dont work like is mean to be.".
Yeah.. that is it, if someone want to crucify me for my opnion, good! But I stand with it and hope that sometime, maybe someone responsable for this could change the way things are (if at least totem had already out of the box support for the codecs without the need for fishing then, would be already a good step.)
PS: Now im a litle more relief, and lets go again remove every totem package and install every vlc package, oh, was just two, firefox plugin and the app itself...