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|Version: VLC 0.8.6c|
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Date: 06 Jul 2007, 05:34 GMT
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With Linux you basically have a grand total of 3 multimedia players: xine, (most used default), mplayer (less frequently used, but better than xine), and VLC.
VLC's identity crisis aside (most installations are not as a "client" on your "video LAN") it is a full featured, though somewhat anachronistic player. VLC's most redeeming qualities are:
1. Its not xine or mplayer and so will sometimes work when they won't (by the same token sometimes it won't when they will).
2. Its cross platform with versions under Windows & other OS' ensuring active development and longevity.
3. Its got all kinds of settings. Plenty to get the average user into a enough configuration trouble that VLC won't work requiring reset to default settings.
4. Its pretty robust, crashing less than many players.
5. It comes with its own library of codecs, which is generally good, though can be bad.
Other than the name of the application, the worst thing about it is its lack of good skins. Oh, and its pretty bulky for a media player. And the its strange name, did I mention that? I guess its not so much a name, I mean, how does one pronounce 'VLC?" Is it "vuls?" or "vullz?" I don't know. I guess its more pronouncable if you speak french, which I do, but I'm still at a loss.
C'est la vie.
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