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    Default Installing VLC: should i use the official version or the one from the VLC repository?

    Hi
    i have a question about VLC (the media player), i noticed that VLC can get installed using the official repositorys but there is a nonofficial VLC repository too listed repository overview (its is the same one that is used in the installation description on the VLC website: http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-suse.html)

    So my question is, which one should i use? What is the benefit of using the VLC repository?

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    Default Re: Installing VLC: should i use the official version or the one from the VLC repository?

    Quote Originally Posted by sabo007 View Post
    So my question is, which one should i use? What is the benefit of using the VLC repository?
    The VLC version included in openSUSE does not contain support for most codecs for legal reason.
    Also, the VLC repo contains a newer version.

    Anyway, I would suggest to install VLC from the Packman repo rather, not the VLC repo.
    It's the same version. but Packman contains a lot more multimedia stuff. And having both the Packman and VLC repos will give problems.

    So add the Packman repo via YaST->Software Repositories (click on Add, select "Community Repositories" and enable it in the list).
    Then just install the package vlc-codecs, this should update all other vlc packages as well and give you full multimedia support in VLC..

    You might also do a "full repository vendor change" to the Packman repo, to install full versions of other multimedia software as well.
    https://en.opensuse.org/SDB:Vendor_c..._Vendor_change

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    Default Re: Installing VLC: should i use the official version or the onefrom the VLC repository?

    On 2014-07-25 23:26, wolfi323 wrote:
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    > sabo007;2655831 Wrote:
    >> So my question is, which one should i use? What is the benefit of using
    >> the VLC repository?

    > The VLC version included in openSUSE does not contain support for most
    > codecs for legal reason.


    Currently, vlc is distributed by openSUSE with a trick. The program is
    provided by the "official" repository, and a matching codec package is
    distributed on packman (and I think also on videolan). Both are prepared
    by the same people, so you do not need to pick both from packman.

    Subject: [opensuse-factory] New Package: videolan's VLC
    Date: Wed, 03 Apr 2013 22:40:04 +0200


    And they said:

    |> Dominique submitted the new VLC package to Factory. As soon as it gets
    |> accepted there, I will work on having packman building the same
    package, so
    |> that either the videolan or the packman repo can be used.


    > And having both the Packman and VLC repos will give problems.


    You could have VLC from videolan, and XINE from packman, for instance.
    As long as you don't mix toolchains, it should work - but it is not as
    easy to do as "switch packages to this repo" on one click.


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    Default Re: Installing VLC: should i use the official version or the onefrom the VLC repository?

    Quote Originally Posted by robin_listas View Post
    Both are prepared
    by the same people, so you do not need to pick both from packman.
    In fact both are just a link to the openSUSE package on OBS's multimedia:libs repo.

    > And having both the Packman and VLC repos will give problems.

    You could have VLC from videolan, and XINE from packman, for instance.
    As long as you don't mix toolchains, it should work - but it is not as
    easy to do as "switch packages to this repo" on one click.
    In theory yes.

    But some of the other needed multimedia libs in those two repos are incompatible, so in practice either VLC won't work or XINE (and more things from Packman) won't work (or even neither of them).
    Since Packman contains the exact same VLC version (again, both are just links to the same package on OBS), installing the one from the VLC repo and risking breaking your (multimedia) system doesn't really make sense.
    And Packman normally contains newer versions of those libraries anyway.

    The only "advantage" the VLC repo has over Packman is that it contains VLC beta versions.
    Last edited by wolfi323; 26-Jul-2014 at 01:28.

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