VideoLAN's developers have released the final version 2.0 of the VLC Media Player. The new edition of the free media player offers numerous improvements
According to the developers of the video and all the core functions have been completely revised edition, which will benefit include the playback of MKV files, and H.264 decoding. Subtitles can now be displayed at any position and scaled. In addition, the sound quality was improved. For better performance, support for multi-core processors is optimized.
Another new feature is support for Blu-ray playback. The developers point out, however, that the feature is still experimental. The menus are disabled in this version, something that should change soon. Moreover, the lack of AACS and BD + DRM libraries for legal reasons.
Furthermore, the user interface of the Mac version has been revised, which also now supports full-screen mode on Mac OS X 10.7. On Windows and Linux, there are also some changes, but the appearance remains largely unchanged.
The developers also have the code revised, so that branch for Android and IOS can be implemented with little effort. In the course of the licensing model of the GNU General Public License v2 (GPL) was changed to GNU Lesser General Public License v2.1 (LGPL). This allows apps and plugins that are based on the VLC engine to be created under other licenses.
In addition, with version 2.0, several hundred bugs were fixed that were reported from 160 volunteer testers from the community. An overview of all changes to provide the official release notes for VLC Media Player 2.0 "Twoflower".
VLC Media Player 2.0 is now available on the website of the VideoLAN project for Windows (Win XP SP2) and Mac OS X (from 10.6) download. For Mac users running Mac OS X 10.5, there are separate packages for the Intel-and PowerPC-platform. Linux users, the developers refer to their package manager. As usual, the source code was released.