VLC Media Player 2.2.0 released

In today's open source roundup: Get the latest version of VLC. Plus: Ubuntu MATE is now an official spin, and developers don't care if Linus is nice

VLC media player 2.2.0

VLC is one of the most popular open source media applications ever created. And now you can download VLC 2.2.0 for your desktop, as well as the various mobile versions for Android, iOS, and Windows.

Emil Protalinksi reports for Venture Beat:

VideoLAN today launched what is arguably the biggest release of VLC to date: an update for the desktop coordinated with new versions across all major mobile platforms. The world’s most used media player just got massive a cross-platform push.

First and foremost, VLC media player 2.2.0 adds a feature that has been supported on VLC mobile for quite some time: Resume playback where you left off. This might not seem like a big deal at first, but if you remember all those times you’ve accidentally closed VLC, or opened a new video and lost your place in the first one, you’ll love this addition.

One major cross-platform addition is that VLC now automatically detects rotated videos. It can then rotate them using hardware acceleration (supported for MP4/MOV, MKV and raw H264) for proper consumption: no more stupid vertical videos!

For all platforms, the new version adds support for Digital Cinema Package to play native movie theater formats, compatibility for “a very large number of unusual codecs,” and “vastly improved compatibility” for UltraHD video codecs like VP9 and H265, including encoding, as well as problematic files in Ogg, MP4, and WMV.

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Use these links to download VLC for your platform:

VLC media player 2.2.0

VLC 2.4.1 for iOS

VLC 1.1.0 for Android

VLC 1.1.0 beta for Android TV

VLC 1.1.0 beta for Windows Phone

If you need documentation or assistance, use these VLC links:

VLC Wiki

VLC Forums

VLC Mailing Lists

VLC FAQ

Ubuntu MATE is now an official spin

Ubuntu MATE is the latest official flavor of Ubuntu. It joins the ranks of other official flavors such as Kubuntu, Xubuntu, and Ubuntu GNOME.

Joey-Elijah Sneddon reports for OMG Ubuntu:

Moves to make the distro an official Ubuntu flavor have been discussed for some time. Recently approved, the distro announced the news alongside its first beta in the Ubuntu 15.04 development cycle.

Gaining “official” flavor status won’t cause too many user facing differences — at least not at first. The most noticeable change (for now) is that Ubuntu MATE download images are now being hosted on the main Ubuntu image server rather than the project’s own website.

Ubuntu MATE now provides the Ubuntu MATE team access to Canonical’s huge infrastructure for automated building, testing and distributing, including the creation of live daily images and PowerPC spins.

More at OMG Ubuntu

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