How to Upgrade VLC

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How to Upgrade VLC

Postby woody79_00 on Sat Nov 01, 2008 1:48 pm

Hello folks I have question. I have just recently moved from Windows to Linux Mint. i am very happy with Mint by the way, what a breath of fresh air in terms of a computing experience. I haven't seen an OP system like this with zero bloat since Windows 2000! you guys have a real winner here! My question is:

How do you install the latest version of VLC on Linux Mint?

The Mint download and Synaptic are only showing version 0.8.6i

I have the Universe and Multiverse repositories enabled.

I tried adding the VideoLan repository from the VLC page but it has file 404 not found errors.(located at bottom of the page)
http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-ubuntu.html

It seems I can't find a deb package to download, nor does it seem there is any way to update VLC

any help would be greatly appreciated.

thanks
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Re: How to Upgrade VLC

Postby Husse on Sat Nov 01, 2008 3:56 pm

but it has file 404 not found errors.(located at bottom of the page)

That is for Dapper!! Always check which version of Mint/Ubuntu the package is made for
I made a quick check and the only way to get VLC seems to be the way you've found
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Re: How to Upgrade VLC

Postby woody79_00 on Sat Nov 01, 2008 5:37 pm

Thanks Hussie for your help.

so it seems like the version I got is it for awhile, thats fine just wondered.

i am perfectly content for waiting until the mint crew puts version 0.9.5 out

thanks again
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Re: How to Upgrade VLC

Postby Fred on Sun Nov 02, 2008 4:33 am

woody79_00,

I hesitate to suggest this, but there is another way you can probably get the very latest VLC. This works fine on my KDE CE of Mint 5. I want to warn you however, that It may break something on your install, so use at your own risk and be prepared to go back to the earlier version if necessary.

This is the repo for the nightly builds of VLC for Debian. If it works ok for you be sure to disable the repo after you finish upgrading VLC. There is no way of knowing if the nightly build will work each and every night. In fact, it probably won't. So once you have a good working version, don't tamper with it. I have had good luck with the nightly for the past week or so.

Put this in your repo list:

deb http://download.videolan.org/pub/videolan/debian sid main

In a terminal do a:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get -u install vlc libdvdcss2 mozilla-plugin-vlc

Close the terminal

Be sure and comment out the repo above after you do this and do another:

sudo apt-get update

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Re: How to Upgrade VLC

Postby Husse on Sun Nov 02, 2008 8:14 am

Hi Fred
I considered your solution but did not know if it worked
Can't be stressed enough that the repo should be removed once VLC is installed
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Re: How to Upgrade VLC

Postby exploder on Sun Nov 02, 2008 8:26 am

Fred, looks like a good solution to me. All of the proper warnings are there and it is simple enough to revert back to the previously installed version should things go wrong.I know that many are real interested in the newer version of VLC. Nice instructions!
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Re: How to Upgrade VLC

Postby mercier on Sun Nov 02, 2008 9:23 am

new vlc works for me on mint5 64bit. i downloaded the tar.bz2 file, did ./configure, and installed all the missing libraries that were shown as missing in the terminal.

it works ok, but 16:6 format is not doing ok. at least i have new interface... :?
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Re: How to Upgrade VLC

Postby mercier on Sun Nov 02, 2008 9:39 am

mercier wrote:new vlc works for me on mint5 64bit. i downloaded the tar.bz2 file, did ./configure, and installed all the missing libraries that were shown as missing in the terminal.

it works ok, but 16:6 format is not doing ok. at least i have new interface... :?


update: at leas one of the movies that was working fine in the old version is looking scrambled in 0.9.5.

so i just did : sudo make uninstall.

now i have old version and it's working great.
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Re: How to Upgrade VLC

Postby Fred on Sun Nov 02, 2008 3:45 pm

What I suggested will bring you the 1.0.0 version which is a work in progress. It is coming along nicely I might add.

Just head my warnings above.

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Re: How to Upgrade VLC

Postby woody79_00 on Sun Nov 02, 2008 8:35 pm

Hey Fred:

thanks for the advice, I do have a solution that worked for me though. I figured I would post it.

1st Uninstall the Current Version of VLC(0.8.9I) by searching for it in Synaptic and selecting it to "mark as removal" also select the Mozilla plugin for VLC as well.

2nd Add the Following to your software Repositories:

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/c-korn/ubuntu hardy main

This can be done through Synaptic, or your can edit your /etc/apt/sources.list file

This is currently hosting VLC 0.9.3 which is considered to be the best version according to the Ubuntu forums.

I guess there is problems with 0.94 and 0.9.5 on some systems

once you ad that to your sources list/repositories then just do a "reload" by clicking the reload button in synaptic this will get your the 0.9.3 version

As i said I am perfectly content on waiting until the mint team decides to put up the other versions...I would rather it be tested to be sure it works correctly and such.

Well hope that helps some people out.

0.9.3 is working famously for me here
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Re: How to Upgrade VLC

Postby Fred on Sun Nov 02, 2008 8:42 pm

woody79_00,

The way you described would probably be safer than what I suggested. Glad it worked out for you. :-)

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Re: How to Upgrade VLC

Postby Rogar on Tue Nov 04, 2008 2:34 pm

I added the launchpad repository through synaptic, but when I hit "Reload" I get this nag:
Failed to fetch http://ppa.launchpad.net/c-korn/ubuntu/ ... ackages.gz 404 Not Found
If I go there with a web browser, I can find "Packages.gz". What's up with that?
I'm using mint xfce 5, which rocks on my 10 year old computer.
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