VLC is definitely one of the best media player applications available for any platform. I make it a point to keep it on all of my computers. OMG! Ubuntu! reports that VLC is about to get even better with the addition of an add-ons manager in version 2.2.
At present, installing an add-on in VLC requires finding it, downloading it, extracting it and moving it into the relevant extensions folder of the app on your system. Then it has to be enabled.
In 2.2 it’s as simple as opening the dialog and hitting ‘install’. By getting the player to handle all of the hassle, users will be far more likely to make use of extensions, spurring on developers to create new ones.More at OMG! Ubuntu!
You can see a list of available add-ons for VLC at VLC-Addons.org. No doubt we'll see a lot more add-ons in the future. VLC users have some good times ahead.
Install Linux Mint on a Windows XP computer
Yesterday I included a story that advocated Linux Mint as a replacement for Windows XP. Today the same author offers advice on how to install Linux Mint on your Windows XP computer.
Installing Linux Mint on a Windows 8.x PC with Secure Boot on can be a pain, but on an XP system it's easy. So, if you're considering switching out XP for Linux Mint, here's how you'd go about it.More at ZDNet
Don't forget that you can also opt to use VirtualBox to try Linux Mint out in a virtual machine on your Windows XP system. VirtualBox is free and open source, so it won't cost you a dime to use it.