Hey did you hear about the source that is open?
There are tons of these applications in the internet which falls under the category of being an “open source application”. Now what is an open source applications? Open source applications are programs made available to the public without imposing on licensure or payment. When you read open source, it means it is free .They are open in many ways like; open to users – they can be modified by the users, because you can have not only the software’s working interface but also the source code that powers it. Open to fix bugs and/or suggestions by the users. Often times these programs are not completely on the end of its phase (the alpha phase) but in the beta phase, so recommendations are warmly welcome. And anybody who can apply those changes can take the task and redistribute it again in the internet community.
It can be attributed as publicly owned applications since it becomes a product of compiled geniuses of different developers and users who are helping each other to further evolve these softwares to perfection with their free contributions.
Some samples of free open source apps which made quite an impact are 7-zip, OpenOffice , Gimp, Firefox, Apache and Linux.
Benefits of the Free
One huge advantage of open source applications is it’s free! Compared to commercial licensed softwares, the price of one is undeniably high. Compare 7-zip to Winzip, OpenOffice to Microsoft Office and even Gimp to Photoshop! Well, that’s huge! Wheew..
Another huge thing is they can compete head to head with these commercial licensed softwares, if not better, some peeps also say.
Open source VLC History
VLC – The VideoLan Client was an academic project way back in 1996 by the students of Ecole Centrale Paris. Its main objective was to stream videos to a client-server infrastructure across the campus. The client side was named VideoLan Client and VideoLan Server for the server side.
The Icon used which is a cone was inspired by the traffic cones collected by the networking students.
The VLS eventually was put down and VLC became the overall brand of the network application when it became an open sourced program coordinated by the VideoLAN non-profit organization and was rewritten in 1998.
After 13 years, VLC version 1.0.0 media player was distributed in 2009 and version 2.0.0 was released only February 18, 2012.
VLC is a multimedia player that is packet-based, so it can play damaged or incomplete video content. VLC can play almost all video and audio format types. It can play the flv-H.264-MPEG-4 or MXF file formats.
It offers some variety like filters, by which you can distort, rotate, split and mirror videos. You can also add logo overlay. Apply video or audio effects to your files. You can screen capture parts of your video while running, turn it into a desktop wallpaper, add subtitles, stream channeling or even convert your files into another type of format and many more.
VLC is as easy as it could get because hot keys are available in this multi- feature multimedia player.
I created a slideshow for you on how to use VLC open source media player so you can enjoy playing your multimedia files in a swoop.
End of the tale
If you enjoy sharing your knowledge or perhaps your opinion on application usage for free, you may want to be a member of opensource.org. See http://www.opensource.org/. Your every contribution is highly regarded here. You can also visit a similar site at http://www.opensource.org/ for the best of the best open source applications available out there.
Lastly, I recommend to you visiting this interesting blog about open source http://blog.tendenci.com/open-source-technology-nonprofit-netsquared-april-2012/. Have an interesting day!
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