February 07, 2005
Your story "Multimedia Players Compete for Desktop Space" lamented the fact that none of the three major media players support all of each other's native file formats. While it may not be from a known software company---or from company at all---the open source MPlayer supports all of the big three formats, and many more. It's another example of open source software that, like Linux with operating systems, is more feature-rich than its closed-source competitors, because anyone can improve upon it and fill the gaps big companies have left behind. And yes, it's also free.