"The amazing thing about VLC that helped make it so ubiquitous
was that this tiny, free, open source package could play absolutely
anything you could throw at it without going through the hassle of
finding and installing various codec packs. Well, apart from the
one DVD library for legal reasons.
"In recent years though, VLC has slowly begun to lag behind.
With other media players making better use of multi-core systems,
and the inability to play Blu-Ray films or 10-bit content, the
lightweight media player that could play everything was anything
"Enter VLC 2.0. It?s finally been released nearly three years
since 1.0 was finished, which itself took 13 years. With apparently
7000 code commits by 160 volunteers, there are huge changes that
have been made throughout it?s core, as well as some tweaks to the