Installing and Removing Current Version Plugin Totem
If you’re using Firefox, you may have noticed the current version plugin totem listed on your active plugins list. This is a plugin that many people won’t experience because it’s not part of the Windows operating system. Instead, it is a plugin that is used on Linux operating systems, namely Ubuntu.
It’s important to know that this plugin is meant to provide video playback support on Linux.
Ubuntu version 6.06 LTS included this video player, which is why you’ll find it on your list of Firefox plugins. Many other iterations of Ubuntu have also included the video player as a default option, which is why the plugin is still installed today.
What Does Totem Do?
Designed for GNOME 3, Totem is based on the original video playback application for GNOME. What this application does is include codecs, so you can watch videos and listen to music that has been compressed using varying file types and compression options.
When the plugin is installed, it allows you to view videos in your browser.
Ultimately, you need the plugin to view some – not all – of the videos that you stream through your browser.
How to Install Current Version Plugin Totem
If you have installed Totem on your operating system, chances are that the plugin has already been installed for you. Since some operating systems include Totem as a default video player, you may already have the player and the plugin installed for your convenience.
Linux has become more user-friendly, so installation will depend on your Linux distro.
You’ll want to install the following packages:
On some distros, you can choose to install “totem-mozilla” if it does exist.
Since the plugin is no longer being supported or updated, you’ll notice that when your plugins update automatically in Firefox, the plugin will not be updated. A message will appear alerting you that the plugin is out of date.
Is It Safe to Remove Totem?
A tricky question to answer. Totem may be safe to uninstall if you have another video player option available. One thing to remember is that the way people consume video has changed drastically in the 10 years the totem plugin has been around.
The plugin was developed at a time when RealPlayer and Flash were some of the best ways to view videos.
The advent and adoption of HTML 5 has allowed for your browser to render video, and has made using the plugin obsolete.
One of the main developers wrote a post a year ago saying “goodbye” to the totem plugin because the team no longer sees a need to continue updating it. The developer notes that current and emerging technologies make the plugin obsolete and that continual development does not make sense with better alternatives present.
If you do install another video player application, you won’t need to use the totem plugin and can safely uninstall it.
Chances are, if you’re using a more recent operating system, there will be other video player packages that can be installed, or your distro may not include the totem plugin at all.