I'm just a regular Ubuntu user who sometimes tries to update a package or two. I'm currently on Karmic and today I decided to enable Nvidia HiDef video playback acceleration in VLC. It took me some hours but I managed to do it in the end and it works just fine.
The problem is that achieving that was not simple. Not only I had to download and install two additional libraries (libvaapi) but I also had to re-compile the whole FFmpeg and VLC. The FFmpeg recompilation was most problematic, since I failed to simply "update" the existing package and I had to remove many libraries from my system to install custom FFmpeg. This resulted in removal of all application dependant on FFMpeg and basically broke my Ubuntu, since now I have to compile all these applications by myself... Perhaps there was a better way to do that but with my level of knowledge this was all I could get...
Soon I'm going to upgrade to Lucid and I was wondering whether the GPU video acceleration is considered for this release at all. It would be really convenient if we could have this feature working out-of-the-box without the need of creating any custom packages. It is an important feature and currently is not reachable for "normal people" at all. Is this considered for this release?
To be honest I'm asking because I have some doubts about it. I've checked the packages of Lucid today:
and it seems that the latest NVidia drivers are not even in this release. I have a graphic card that requires drivers 190/195 and if they're not included, I will have to keep updating them manually after each kernel fix. This is another serious issue for "normal people" and I hope that Ubuntu developers are aware how important the graphic chipset support is. Karmic is basically unusable for "normal people" with latest NVidia graphic cards, because there's only support for driver 185.* in this release.
I really hope this gets better in Lucid