VLC is a powerful open source cross platform media player. VLC media player runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, and Unix. VLC media player supports and plays various audio formats (MP3, AAC, WMA, MIDI, FLAC, ALAC, Real Audio and more), video formats (MPEG, DIVX, WMV, Real Video and more). VLC can play almost all multimedia files including DVD, Audio CD, and VCD. VLC media player is one of the best media player out there in my opinion and It’s very easy to stream audio and video over networks or the internet using various streaming protocols.
VLC release new versions very often to fix important bugs or introduce new features. Unfortunately Ubuntu repository does not get updated so often. If you want to get or update to the new VLC version often, you would have to add third parties PPA (Personal Package Archive) to your Ubuntu or Linux Mint system.
To Install VLC media player onUbuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin and 12.10 Quantal Quetzal
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:n-muench/vlc2 $ sudo apt-get update $ sudo apt-get install vlc
To Install VLC media player on Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail and 13.10 Saucy Salamander
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:n-muench/vlc $ sudo apt-get update $ sudo apt-get install vlc
To Install VLC media player 2.1.0 on Linux Mint 15 Olivia (Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail)
$ wget -c download.videolan.org/pub/videolan/vlc/2.1.0/vlc-2.1.0.tar.xz $ tar -xJvf download.videolan.org/pub/videolan/vlc/2.1.0/vlc-2.1.0.tar.xz $ cd vlc-2.1.0 $ sudo apt-get build-dep vlc $ ./configure $ make $ sudo make install
To Install VLC media player on Fedora 19 Schrodinger’s Cat
$ su - # rpm -ivh http://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-stable.noarch.rpm # yum install vlc mozilla-vlc