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LinuxNews.com: VirtualDub Developer Smuggles the GPL Into Windows' Realm

Dec 04, 2000, 20:13 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bonnie Greene)

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"What image comes to mind when you hear the word "smuggler?" Shifty eyes, a trenchcoat, a clinging scent of dog-diverting coffee grounds? Perhaps. A self-described wimp from northern California who digs Anime and contributes to SourceForge? Probably not--but that's just who has been slipping free software into Microsoft territory."

"Avery Lee, a 21-year-old computer science student in his fourth year at the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB), is developing a video capture program called VirtualDub. It's faster than any other software made for the purpose, very popular among SourceForge downloads, protected by the GPL--and it runs on Windows."

"Lee became interested in video capture and editing in connection with his passion for Japanese animation, or Anime. No readily available software at the time would capture video at the speed and quality he wanted, so he wrote his own."

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