Revolution OS (2001)

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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 ...
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
Narrator (voice)
Himself (Silicon Valley Linux Users' Group President)
Terry Egan ...


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!






Release Date:

15 February 2002 (USA)  »

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


$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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References The Dukes of Hazzard (1979) See more »


The Free Software Song
Lyrics by Richard Stallman
Performed by The GNU/Stallmans
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Worth watching for anybody
14 December 2003 | by (Bloomington, IN) – See all my reviews

When I first saw this on the shelf at the store I thought that it had a strong potential to just be a "feel-good" movie geared only towards those in the open source movement.

But after watching it, I feel like this is a documentary that I could show my parents so that they can better understand the Open Source Community that I call myself a member of.

This movie provides a very good introduction to what drove software programmers of the 70s into the idea of freely available source code. I thought I new most of the history, but a lot of what Richard Stallman and Bruce Perens talk about enlightened me. I feel like I know understand the open source community better and get the big picture. Even though I thought I knew the big picture before.

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