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Jean-Baptiste Kempf, one of the main VLC (everybody's favourite movie player. well, true for 64% of you anyway) developers posted the following message on the VLC mailing list:

I suggest a tag of 1.1.0-pre1 and a following string freeze the next tuesday. Tarball and binaries for Win32/Mac would then be available for testing.

You can read Jean-Baptiste's entire message, HERE.

Of course, he only suggests this so it's not official yet. But it could mean we'll have a first VLC 1.1.0 (pre1) release around Tuesday, next week. The new release will come with a few known bugs:
  • 2864/3088, mkv multiple audio freeze
  • http, rc, telnet are not working on Win32
  • upsampling/resampling asserts/crashes #3199
  • some Qt fixes
  • various lua issues
  • projectM
  • fontcache rebuilding on all videos on Win32

As you can see, the new 1.1.0 will be released for Windows and Mac OSX. But if you're using Ubuntu, you can still give VLC 1.1.0 a try because as you probably know, VLC 1.1.0 is available in the WebUpd8 PPA. In fact, I've uploaded a build as of today just seconds ago and I will continue to maintain VLC 1.1.0 (as long as I can do it - there are huge changes to the source every day) until there is an official Ubuntu PPA or VLC 1.1.0 will be available in the Ubuntu repositories.

As always, before using the WebUpd8 PPA, I have to remind you that it contains experimental packages and I am not responsible for whatever happens if you use it (your computer explodes, etc =) ).

You can add the WebUpd8 PPA and install the latest VLC 1.1.0 from GIT (as well as the latest x264 of course), using the following commands (Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic and 10.04 Lucid only!):
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install vlc