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Really mplayer is the CAN DO, DO ALL, END ALL as far as Video goes. I have thrown every file I have ever seen at it, and works flawlessly. Alot of files that will not play in winbloze can play on Linux using mplayer. Many files that I thought were corrupted, ie unusuble, mplayer would play. Very recently my wife downloaded the first episode of witchblade and in winbloze the file appeared to have no sound. I rebooted and played it with mplayer, and guess what, there is sound.
And if you do decide to do the source, you may run into problems talking about your GCC version. I think this issue has been addressed a few times on here, and probably has been solved.
If you choose the RPM version, you will not get the "GUI" that is in ALPHA stage. So as long as you are cool with running it from command (which is the better way anyway) then you might want to think about the source a little more.
i can't install from source
look at this rediculous message: If you get compile errors, first upgrade to the latest 2.96 release
then below that it says this: GCC 2.96 IS NOT AND WILL NOT BE SUPPORTED BY US!
*** For details please read file ***
Error: bad GCC version
notice how it tells me to upgrade to the version they will not ever support?
you can have a video output without a gui, you just tell it what file to run from a command line. there is no interface that's all. there are mandrake rpms on rpmfind.net, and plenty of information in the documentation if you read it about the gcc issues