430: Aqualung?

Guys, what's the verdict on Aqualung in 4.3?

Personally, I don't like it. There was some feedback I think that it crashes.

Should I change to Pmusic?
Or, go back to how it was in pup 4.1x? (click on a sound file either launched a commandline player or Gxine).

Posted on 9 Oct 2009, 8:09


Posted on 9 Oct 2009, 9:22 by panzerpuppy
About Aqualung
Stick with Gxine and add ttuuxxx's Streamtuner + Alsaplayer package.

Posted on 9 Oct 2009, 9:48 by arby
I had posted one observation, that it didn't recurse directories when building a playlist, but that is really minor. Once I learned to work around that, Aqualung is usable. I haven't seen it crash yet, and the integrated volume and playlist can be handy.

I like a player thats small and doesn't try to show me visualizations like Xine does. Also, both Gxine and Aqualung allow multiple launching of files from ROX, leading to multiple iterations playing several songs simultaneously. I'd really like launching a new file to close or use the previous player iteration. I can't recall now if Pmusic did this or not.

Posted on 9 Oct 2009, 11:01 by dogone
Seems a competent player but the UI is awful. We can and should do better. I'm a minimalist when it comes to audio so will stick with moc (mocp).

Pmusic is an option but UI's are not really Zigbert's forte either.

Though: include moc. It's ncurses, but small, simple, stable and perhaps the most rational audio player I've found. It's client-server architecture also makes lots of things possible.

Posted on 9 Oct 2009, 12:10 by musher0
Not gxine, please!
Hello, Mr. Kauler.

With all due respect, since I am speaking to the Master himself (:-) !

I actually exhaled a sigh of relief when I saw that you had chosen
aqualung for v. 4.30. (:-) Finally, a good choice for Puppy, I thought
to myself.

Since I came to Puppy (v. 3.01), my experience with Gxine has always
been less than satisfactory, and at times, hair-pulling! (But that is
not why I am getting bald!) 1) Gxine jams if the user forgets to close
it before opening another movie or music file, 2) it seems that its
plugin cannot be properly integrated with opera, and 3) you cannot
size it to your taste/needs, even if there is a (theoretical) sub-menu
for that.

As for me, my favourite alternative solutions within Puppy have been:
xfmedia for movies and cd, snackamp for Internet radio and music
files, and good old XFreeCD for plain cd playing.

I personally think that it would be a shame to "retrofit" (for lack
of a better verb) Puppy the final 4.30 version with such an
unsatisfactory program such as gxine.

(Please forgive me if my English sounds stuffy: I was not brought up
in it.)

Best wishes of success in your endeavours. Only my opinion, of course.

Christian L. (aka musher0)

Posted on 9 Oct 2009, 16:24 by Joshas
How about Potamus - it's small and simple http://offog.org/code/potamus.html.

Posted on 9 Oct 2009, 18:58 by BarryK
Yes, it looks like a nice simple user interface.

Unfortunately it needs 'jack' and 'libmodplug' packages.

Posted on 9 Oct 2009, 19:42 by magerlab
aqualung and ayytm are disappointing
i have only two apps that do not work
aqualung ( plays a bit and stops....
and ayytm that seems to be useless in my case( cannot connect to jabber.ru
alsaplayer is much simple and meebo works fine

Posted on 9 Oct 2009, 24:50 by PaulBx1
do nothing
Not the sort of thing to mess with in a bug fix release.

Posted on 10 Oct 2009, 8:08 by downsouth
I didn't find Aqualung very stable. I use mplayer via mozilla plugins for internet stuff, & gxine for the rest. Mplayer's biggest shortcoming is with DVD menus.