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Cast overview, first billed only:
Linus Torvalds ...
Himself - Creator, Linux Kernel
Richard M. Stallman ...
Himself - Founder, GNU Project
Eric Raymond ...
Himself - Author
Bruce Perens ...
Himself - Author, Open Source Definition
Larry Augustin ...
Himself - Co-Founder, CEO, VA Linux Systems
Michael Tiemann ...
Himself - Co-Founder, Cygnus Solutions
Brian Behlendorf ...
Himself
Frank Hecker ...
Himself - Former Netscape Systems Engineer
Chris DiBona ...
Himself (Windows Refund Day Scene)
Nick Moffitt ...
Himself (Windows Refund Day Scene)
Rob Malda ...
Himself (On Inflatable Couch)
Donnie Barnes ...
Himself - Employee, Red Hat Software
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Himself (Silicon Valley Linux Users' Group President)
Terry Egan ...
Himself
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While Microsoft may be the biggest software company in the world, not every computer user is a fan of their products, or their way of doing business. While Microsoft's Windows became the most widely used operating system for personal computers in the world, many experts took issue with Microsoft's strict policies regarding licensing, ownership, distribution, and alteration of their software. The objections of many high-profile technology experts, most notably Richard Stallman, led to what has become known as "the Open Source Movement," which is centered on the belief that computer software should be free both in the economic and intellectual senses of the word. Eventually, one of Stallman's admirers, Linus Torvalds, created a new operating system called Linux, a freely distributed software which many programmers consider to be markedly superior to Windows. Revolution OS is a documentary that examines the genesis of the Open Source Movement, and explores and explains the technical and ... Written by Mark Deming, Rovi

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Hackers, Programmers & Rebels UNITE!


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$3,500 (USA) (23 August 2002)

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$3,500 (USA) (23 August 2002)
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[when awarded the Linus Torvalds Award]
Richard M. Stallman: So, very ironic things have happened, but nothing to match this. Giving the Linus Torvalds Award to the Free Software Foundation is sort of like giving the Han Solo Award to the rebel fleet.
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The Free Software Song
Lyrics by Richard Stallman
Performed by The GNU/Stallmans
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A nice documentary about open source software
12 December 2002 | by (Portland, Oregon) – See all my reviews

A nice documentary about the open source software revolution. None of the material presented here will come as a surprise to the computer techies out there, but the interview format of the film does give a feel for the personalities involved, including Linus Torvalds, Richard Stallman, Bruce Perens, and Eric Raymond. What is most intriguing is how each person is portrayed as feeling that their contribution to the open source community stands out as the most important part of the revolution: Torvalds' Linux, Stallman's GNU Project, Raymond's "The Cathedral and the Bazaar", Perens' "Open Source Definition", and Behlendorf's Apache. Whether these people truly feel this way or whether it is attributable to creative editing is an exercise left to the viewer.


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