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Why Code For Free? Yet More Linux/FOSS Devs Speak! (part 3)
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| My usual experience is: for the vast majority of people, do it by finding the
| right company to work for. A lot of companies, from giant to tiny, use and
| work with free software.
| They are often happy for you to continue to work with the upstream community
| as part of your job, which can mean anything from "submit the occasional
| patch" through to "run the entire OSS project, on their infrastructure."
| As an example, my present employer uses Perl, and other OSS, heavily, and we
| regularly work back. Several of our staff are committers on the OSS projects
| we base our work on, and address bugs on the companies time (and dime).
An interview with RVM, developer of Smplayer
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| Last week I did a review of the excellent media player for Linux and Windows
| Smplayer. This week the developer behind this great Mplayer front-end granted
| me an email interview:
| TNM: Where did the idea of creating Smplayer come from?
| RVM: I'm a linux user and I have always used mplayer to play videos, and I
| was very happy with it. But sometimes, when I had to use Windows I also
| wanted to use mplayer, but using a command line application on Windows is
| really hard. Also some people asked me to recommend them a video player for
| their Windows machines and I would have liked to recommend mplayer but the
| front-ends available at that moment were very simple (for example I missed
| options to configure the subtitles). It was a little disappointing.
| So it was then when I started to think about the possibility to develop my
| own front-end.
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