System Settings updated in Ubuntu 12.10 with accurate default file handler selection and increased size
Installing Ubuntu, plunges the user into a modern up-to-date desktop, where numerous high-quality default applications are available for easy usage, yet, due to various preferences (a different launcher hiding behavior, a different wallpaper, "stronger" password, etc), the user is to locate and access System Settings, a global place housing relevant configuration options for Ubuntu.
Playing movies, listening music, opening images (view-only or editing), navigating the web, etc, are daily activities, activities demanding an app to be opened with, "duty" successfully handled by Ubuntu's defaults.
Nevertheless, where there are millions of users, there are numerous tastes and preferences, consequently, a to-be-changed aspect of Ubuntu is its default apps, such as the application that handles video clips, the app that handles music tracks, etc.
The "old" behavior of setting a different app is usually performed via the
System Settings-->Details-->Default Applications, yet, the mentioned process is partially usable, meaning, selecting under
Video VLC media player, means that video clips will be opened with VLC, meaning not actually materialized (selecting VLC and double-clicking on a video clip, opens the clicked video clip with Totem, ignoring VLC).
The mentioned behavior is followed by
An "old" but usable approach is to manually set another app handler via
right-clicking on the video clip-->Properties-->Open With-->select VLC media player (for a video clip), process that is to be followed for numerous file types, meaning, selecting VLC for an AVI (video) file, opens the AVI file with VLC, double-clicking on a MP4 (video) file, opens it with Totem, consequently, while the manual manner is usable/correctly applied, it requires a manual action for every file format.
System Settings 3.4.2 has landed in Ubuntu 12.10, introducing a minor yet highly-relevant addition, transforming the mentioned "faulty" selection behavior into an immediately applicable and workable process.
Furthermore, the new handy addition properly handle files via a global approach, meaning, selecting VLC for
Video, allows the user to (by double-clicking on a video clip) open video files, regardless of their format, such as AVI, MP4, MOV, FLV, without extra manual configurations.
Video is not singular, for instance, setting
Music to Movie Player, opens music files with Totem, ignoring the default Rhythmbox, etc.
Along with the mentioned under-the-hood changes, System Settings 3.4.2 introduces a no-scrollbars interface by adding extra "space" to be occupied by the "hidden" apps, like Universal Access, User Accounts, etc, change that increases the default System Settings size.
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