A major new version of the VLC media player has been released. 0.9.2 adds a new Qt4 user interface, fullscreen controls, improved playlists, album art support, and new file format support. See the VLC wiki page for all the changes.
It’s past the feature-freeze for Ubuntu 8.10, but an exception may be made for this new version of VLC to get included. If you want to try out the new VLC now, there are unofficial packages available for Ubuntu.
[update] Ubuntu 8.10 now includes the latest version of VLC in the official repository. Install the package vlc (click link to install) to get it.
First remove old the old version of VLC to prevent a conflict during the upgrade. Remove the package vlc either in Synaptic or in the terminal:
sudo apt-get remove vlc
Add the new repository. Open System->Administration->Software Sources->Third-Party Software. Click the Add button and paste in this repository:
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/c-korn/ubuntu hardy main
Close Software Sources, and when prompted, choose to reload the repositories.
Install VLC from the package vlc (click the link to install), or by running the command below in your terminal:
sudo apt-get install vlc
I use VLC for playing all my videos, and I’m glad to see that there are playback controls available when playing a video fullscreen now. They’re even drawn partly transparent if Compiz is running. Click the fullscreen toggle button at the bottom of the VLC window to use this.