VLC’s open-source history: 20 years, 3.5 billion downloads – Protocol — The people, power and politics of tech

Video player VLC is one of the world’s most popular open-source projects. But when students of a French university started to work on it in the ’90s, all they really wanted to do was play Duke Nukem 3D. Software developed for VLC is being used to power some of the world’s largest streaming services, many using a VLC media player.
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