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Clarification on VLC 1.1.0 Release Dropping Shoutcast

I linked to the news yesterday of the new 1.1.0 release of VLC dropping shoutcast support because of an anti-open source software provision from AOL. AOL controls the technology through its long ago acquisition of NullSoft.

Dana Blankenhorn at ZDNet’s Open Source blog has a clarification, that the move may not have been entirely one sided, a push from a proprietary software company trying to exclude an open source project. Rather, the provision in question would have forced VLC to bundle an adware and spyware laden toolbar for installation in users’ browsers. Instead, the VLC project opted to replace shoutcast with an open source workalike, icecast.

The article has some other details on this latest release of the open source, video swiss army knife. There is better support for GPU debugging motivated by use of VLC’s underlying libraries by some gamers. On Windows, there is an adviso on issues with ATI’s current video driver.

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  1. Marc says

    Hmm, good stuff. I wonder how ANT Player (android app that connects to shout cast) manages these items. I don’t remember ads (and the platform is a little different)

    From my briefing (above) I think VLC made a good call.

    Thx Thomas!

    -Marc



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