How can anyone make a living writing Free software? Why should a coder work for free? These questions, and others, are answered in this two-part series. Today we learn why Free and Open Source software are very important even to end users who are not coders.
Literally dozens of word processing applications are out there for Linux, and some of these are lighter in weight, suiting them to possible use on either a netbook, an embedded device, or that old legacy PC sitting around in your storage area.
MPlayer is a popular video playback application which is available for Linux. The h264 video codec provides good visual quality and small file sizes, but requires a fair amount of processing power to decode in real time.