The latest release of this German open-source software is version 1.6.0 and it came out last March. The current development release is version 1.7.4. Look for a new release soon with VDPAU support. If Intel ends up implementing VDPAU support times will certainly be great for video playback on Linux, Not only is VDPAU much better than XvMC, but it even allows HD video playback with a very cheap GPU and CPU.
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