The VideoLAN Project has released a new version of its very popular media player – VLC. The new release, VLC 1.1.6, is an incremental update from the previous version and has a few new features.
Although mainly a bug fix update, VLC 1.1.6 has some improvements from the last realease. These improvements in VLC 1.1.6 include:
- Improvements in KDE and PulseAudio integration
- Faster WebM/VP8 decoding
- Support for MPC SV7/SV8 on Windows and MacOS builds
- Improvements in visualisations and interfaces
Beside these, there are also a few minor improvements such as updated codecs, security updates in demuxer and codecs, better subtitles and an updated language translation.
The VLC available in the main Ubuntu repository has not been updated to this new release yet. However, Ferramosca Roberto has already made the new version available in his PPA. The build is, however, available only for Ubuntu 10.10 at the time of writing this.
So, to install VLC 1.1.6 in Ubuntu 10.10, follow these steps:
1. Open the Terminal (Applications > Accessories > Terminal). If you are using Kubuntu, you will need Konsole. To open the Konsole in Kubuntu, press ALT+F2 to open KRunner and type “konsole“.
2. Now we need to add the PPA. To do this, execute the command given below in the Terminal/Konsole.
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ferramroberto/vlc
3. After the PPA has been added, update the software list with:
$ sudo apt-get update
4. Finally install VLC 1.1.6 with the command given below
$ sudo apt-get install vlc mozilla-plugin-vlc
After installation, you will find VLC under Applications > Video & Sound > VLC. In Kubuntu, you can use the KRunner again to launch it.