October 01, 2006

 

Open Source and Commercial software

VirtualDub is one of the best software to cleanup video files and convert videos from one format to AVI. And here is the second line in its description.
"It lacks the editing power of a general-purpose editor such as Adobe Premiere, but is streamlined for fast linear operations over video. "
Such sincerity and honesty to the point of being self-critical can be found only in open source software. They will tell you upfront all the problems software has, in spite of the fact that their software is better than commercial software by one or two order of magnitude.

PS1: When I used the word "open source", it referred to both - "open source" and "free". Purist may object to it, but for a lay user there is very little difference.

PS2: I've started a second blog - Segmentation Fault Kore Dumped. Bunch of times, I hit some technical problems which take quite some time to fix. And few months down the line, it is déjà vu all over again. I get upset with myself for not documenting earlier solution. This blog serves as bookmark for all those problems.

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