KMplayer for kdemultimedia

Neil Stevens neil at
Sun Feb 23 21:20:10 GMT 2003

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On Sunday February 23, 2003 01:14, Alexander Dymo wrote:
> Hello,
> Looking at I saw that there is a kde wrapper to mplayer,
> named KMplayer. It is written by Koos Vriezen <koos.vriezen at>.
> According to it is a popular software. My personal
> experience was very positive too - kmplayer is a stable app, though not
> a feature-full.
> So I decided to ask a permission to include KMplayer to kde cvs as a
> part of kdemultimedia distribution. IMHO KMplayer will fit well into kde
> (it is a KPart). It doesn't use mplayer library, it creates mplayer
> process and controls it. Comparing to xine-artsplugin it gives much more
> configurability and flexibility (most likely due to mplayer excellent
> keyboard control). Do you agree with me or is there another place for
> KMplayer to be included?

I don't think it'd fit in the KDE release.  Our goal is to have one system 
that all apps share, so things will work and act the same. Right now that 
system we use is aRts.

There is now consideration of what system to use in KDE 4, but nobody has 
proposed mplayer for that (Nor did anyone volunteer to work on mplayer for 
the video system in KDE 3.1).   So it doesn't seem likely that mplayer 
will be the future choice, either.

Now, if you wanted to write one or more playobjects based on mplayer, 
that'd be different.  Tying the stuff to one GUI is unfortunate, as it 
prevents the standard players and services from making use of it.

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