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NewsForge: Mplayer Revisited

Oct 04, 2003, 01:00 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr)

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"It's been almost two years since I wrote about Mplayer, an open source movie player for Linux and other platforms. Rereading that story today, I see I was wrong when I predicted that Mplayer's popularity wouldn't last. It continues to rank as the most popular project on freshmeat.net. I recently downloaded pre-release 1 of Mplayer 1.0 to see how much things have changed, if at all, since then. What I found is that while some things have changed, others have not.

"In December of 2001, Mplayer had the rep of playing more codecs than any other movie player for Linux. The list of codecs--both audio and video--that it supports today is quite impressive. And if you add the mplayer plug-in you can leverage Mplayer's repertoire and play the most popular video formats used online in Mozilla, Galeon, Netscape, and maybe Opera, too..."

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