Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 11th Jul 2011 21:29 UTC, submitted by sawboss
Multimedia, AV This is a problem I hadn't yet heard of, so it fascinates me to no end. We all know VLC, right? It's one of the best video players out there, and while I myself generally just install the K-Lite Codec Pack, VLC is definitely a good alternative - and pretty much the norm on Linux. They're having a problem, though: malicious folk are bundling VLC with malware, offering it up for download as the official VLC, and misleading users in the process. Not only does this violate the GPL - it's pretty damn low, too.
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Yep, it would be very hard to compare binaries resulting from source compilation on different versions of toolchains, especially since alot of effort and tools are made exactly to ensure that you may compile something everywhere given some basic toolchain and the right library.

That said, I'm not a novice, and I'd trust official repositories. Bad things may happen, but that's true of any platform, the less likely the better!

PS : to the post-scriptum to the manifesto before, could you stop being a gigantic manichean ass and accept that some people do NOT bash Linux nor OSS, but may prefer paid and/or closed software? I use Windows, FreeBSD and Linux, what does that make me, multiple personality disorder or something? -_-"

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