I agree with andrew, svn is the way foward, if only to save bandwidth. I've used x264 now and again, it fairly easy to get up and running. I'd normally proceed as follows:
svn co svn://svn.videolan.org/x264/trunk x264
./configure --prefix=/usr/local --enable-shared
## personally I wouldn't use --enable-gtk, its not necessary for mplayer
[as root]make install
I use nasm myself, If you can use an assembler you definitely should, it will make a difference. No need to strip anything, it's all done automatically.
mplayer's configure script should detect x264 automatically. If it can't find /usr/local/include/x264.h then you have bigger problems
Now onto more interesting topics:
Yeah, there are hundreds of instances of "Linux" people sabotaging Linux software, in particular, video and music software.
Usually, they (indirectly) work for the RIAA, MPAA, etc.
That's a pretty heavy accusation. Do you really believe that videolan, the people who bring us libdvdcss, libdca, x264 etc and other groups are being sabotaged from the inside by the powers that be? It sounds a bit silly to me. Or do you have some reliable sources?
So how come the moderators who have written books on mplayer never help.
I guess they are not here to help at all.
No need for smartass comments. It's not going to endear you to anyone here.