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There was a time not so long ago when finding applications to handle media manipulation on Linux was really difficult. One could barely find a decent player for media files.

Of course, those who were prepared to work from the command line had the tools available. The average punter could only wait and complain.

To say that things have turned around dramatically over the last six years would be putting it mildly. These days, some of the applications that come with GNU/Linux distributions for handling media are far superior to those on other platforms.

The applications are generally marked by one characteristic - they appear very simple, but in terms of what they can do, they are very powerful.

A classic case is the program DeVeDe. It can be used to create DVDs or CDs suitable for home players, from any number of media files. The author (pic below), Sergio Costas Rodriguez, who hails from Vigo in Spain, goes by the name Raster.

"When I was 18, I started to use the old Fidonet BBS network, and everybody had an alias. At that time I was also investigating 3D graphics, and had an article about the history of graphical devices, which talked about 'vectorial' v.s. 'raster scan' devices. I liked the word 'raster', so I took it as my alias," he told iTWire in an interview.

Sergio Costas Rodriguez

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A professional journalist with decades of experience, Sam for nine years used DOS and then Windows, which led him to start experimenting with GNU/Linux in 1998. Since then he has written widely about the use of both free and open source software, and the people behind the code. His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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