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New VLC and FlashPlayer releases

Just a saturday afternoon post… I intended to write about these updates earlier, but I had a very busy work week which did not leave room for Slackware PR. Now that my two-week holiday has started, I have my hands free to work on software updates, my ARM port (which is again threatening to shrivel up and die, I am so much behind on -current) and I also want to put some serious work to a viable Slackware setup for Valve’s Steam client for Linux.

VLC Media player

The sixth version of VLC’s “Twoflower” (codename for the 2.x series), is “a minor update that improves the overall stability. Notable changes include improved reliability for MKV file playback, fixed MPEG2 audio and video encoding … and other fixes. It also resolves potential security issues in HTML subtitle parser, freetype renderer, AIFF demuxer and SWF demuxer.” – quoting the VideoLAN news page.

I checked the release notes page for 2.0.5 but was a bit disappointed that they just re-used the 2.0.4 release notes, changing “2.0.4″ to “2.0.5″ which means the release notes page is just bogus.

Can anyone tell me how the new “ogg opus” support works for you? This new codec is supposed to replace other low-bandwidth codecs like speex but I have not seen any real-life cases.

When the IRC developers channel mentioned earlier this week that the 2.0.5 release was nearing completion, I compiled the VLC “dependencies” tarballs in advance. Remember that I have to create 8 VLC packages when VideoLAN developers release a new version of their player (two Slackware releases, two architectures per release, and then restricted/unrestricted versions of each). The pre-compiled binary tarballs¬† of statically-compiled dependencies or “contribs” speed up the process of creating these packages a great deal. The main update to these “contribs” for the new packages is for the ffmpeg libraries: I switched to the git snapshot which is considered the best available version by both VLC and at least one MPlayer build team.

A note about BluRay support: I do not own a BluRay player, not BluRay disks or “downloaded” movies. The BluRay support in VLC (at least in my package) works only for unencrypted disks… and I do not think these exist actually – but I can not verify this. If you are able to playback BluRays please let me know about your experiences. Playback of encrypted BluRay DVD’s requires that you also install my libaacs package: http://slackware.com/~alien/slackbuilds/libaacs or http://taper.alienbase.nl/mirrors/people/alien/slackbuilds/libaacs/) and find yourself a set of AACS decryption keys (see these comments for some hints on that).

Where to find the new VLC packages:

Rsync acccess is offered by the mirror server: rsync://taper.alienbase.nl/mirrors/people/alien/restricted_slackbuilds/vlc/ .

My usual warning about patents: versions that can not only DEcode but also ENcode mp3 and aac audio can be found in my alternative repository where I keep the packages containing code that might violate stupid US software patents.

 

FlashPlayer-plugin

I also upgraded my Flash Player packages. Adobe plugged another set of critical vulnerabilities (CVE-2012-5676, CVE-2012-5677, CVE-2012-5678) and if you are using a Mozilla-compatible web browser to watch Flash content, upgrading is strongly recommended. For more details, check here: http://www.adobe.com/support/security/bulletins/apsb12-27.html .

After upgrading, use the following URL to check that you are indeed running the latest version of the Flash Player plugin: http://www.adobe.com/software/flash/about/ .

Have fun! Eric

 

Comments

Comment from Mike Langdon (mlangdn)
Posted: December 15, 2012 at 15:25

Thanks for both of these Eric! Have a good holiday!

Comment from matusz
Posted: December 15, 2012 at 16:03

Thanks.

Comment from Eduardo
Posted: December 15, 2012 at 21:59

Thank you Eric! have a great holiday!

Comment from Alex
Posted: December 16, 2012 at 02:20

Thanks a lot for making these packages available, again!

Regarding Opus, I don’t know, if there are any websites using or promoting it in the wild, but I am totally convinced that Opus will really take off, once all relevant web browsers support it. And this is only a matter of time, as Opus is part of WebRTC, and Mozilla browsers already support it.
But even if this should not be the case, after listening to the examples and reading a bit about it, I’d like to use it, at home. If you really need a reason, listen yourself:

http://www.opus-codec.org/examples/

Best regards

Alex

Comment from Me
Posted: December 16, 2012 at 11:50

Updated flash earlier today with your package, didn’t know it was this new ;)
Big up for vlc that been working alot on the mkv support and it was starting to get better in 2.0.4 but in 2.0.5 it is even much better then 2.0.5
Now fast forward work as it should and doesn’t hang before playback.
Thanks Eric for your packages :D

Comment from Alan Aversa
Posted: December 17, 2012 at 04:47

Flash is junk. This version is slower than the last. Apparently Adobe is ceasing to support Flash. It’s time we abandon Flash.

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