VLC is a juggernaut among media players. Since February 2005, it’s been downloaded 3 billion times. It started as a university project and is now being led by a team of volunteers.
The volunteers have made VLC far more accessible and welcoming for people who contribute. The team has built out a suite of documentation, and made it easier to both build Docker containers and use tools.
The group meets twice annually for an all-hands meeting to discuss the broader movement and development of VLC media player: once at an open-source software conference in Brussels, during the first week of February, and, since 2012, at VideoLAN Dev Days, where roughly a hundred attendees come together to discuss the future of the project.