New VLC more open source than ever

New VLC more open source than ever

Summary: In the past we've thought of video mainly in terms of TV. Video isn't just TV. Video is also gaming, and gaming is one of the few consumer PC niches that is pushing hardware hard.

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Version 1.1.0 of the open source VLC media player, code-named The Luggage, is now available for download, and it is even more open source than ever.

VLC 1.0 is said to have been downloaded 175 million times, 2.1 times each second. So this is a big deal that will generate lots of Internet traffic.

Why is it more "open source-y?"

The new version drops support for AOL's Shoutcast, an Internet radio package, in favor of Icecast, a more organically open source project.

VLC said in a statement AOL's "license forces us to integrate the spyware and adware based Shoutcast Radio Toolbar inside your browser." So it dropped Shoutcast entirely.

Don't tie me down is a general theme of the software, which has lots of features aimed mainly at other developers. The code base has been slimmed-down, and GPU debugging has been added, which pleases gamers.

That point may prove important. In the past we've thought of video mainly in terms of TV. Video isn't just TV. Video is also gaming, and gaming is one of the few consumer PC niches that is pushing hardware hard. You can do video on just about any box in the store, but you actually have  to shop for a PC gaming machine.

So when VLC pushes a version aimed at developers today, it's really talking to game developers.

Not all is happy in VLC land, however.

NB: so far, on Windows, VideoLAN is quite sad to be forced to recommend nVidia® GPU, until ATI® fixes their drivers on Windows, and until VLC developer get access to some Intel® hardware supporting GPU decoding.

This is not something video users will be troubled by, although it will in the near term limit VLC's push in the game space. Or game developers could force ATI and Intel to respond in ways VLC likes, which would be big news indeed.

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  • RE: New VLC more open source than ever

    Just upgraded, thanks! Sure I won't use a lot of the new features but VLC is an excellent media player.

    [i]VLC said in a statement AOL?s ?license forces us to integrate the spyware and adware based Shoutcast Radio Toolbar inside your browser.? So it dropped Shoutcast entirely.[/i]

    You gotta love that!
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  • Thanks for the news!

    I love me some VLC! It has played every video format I've thrown at it; a veritable pocketknife of media players.

    And the fact they offer a "portable" version just tickles me pink! Download, unzip, and run - no install needed. I always keep a copy on my keychain's thumbdrive.

    I hadn't heard of Icecast. I'll be checking it out over the next week.
    R_Connelie@...
  • VLC is a awesome media player

    I am just waiting for them to have GPU based rendering like MPCHC so I can watch my 1080p videos in it without the fear of lag (since VLC is only single threaded). But I use both players side by side, depending on what I'm watching.
    Jimster480