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Revolution OS (2001)

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 ... See full summary »

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J.T.S. Moore

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J.T.S. Moore

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Linus Torvalds Linus Torvalds ... Self - Creator, Linux Kernel
Richard M. Stallman Richard M. Stallman ... Self - Founder, GNU Project
Eric Raymond Eric Raymond ... Self - Author
Bruce Perens Bruce Perens ... Self - Author, Open Source Definition
Larry Augustin Larry Augustin ... Self - Co-Founder, CEO, VA Linux Systems
Michael Tiemann Michael Tiemann ... Self - Co-Founder, Cygnus Solutions
Brian Behlendorf Brian Behlendorf ... Self
Frank Hecker Frank Hecker ... Self - Former Netscape Systems Engineer
Chris DiBona Chris DiBona ... Self (Windows Refund Day Scene)
Nick Moffitt Nick Moffitt ... Self (Windows Refund Day Scene)
Rob Malda Rob Malda ... Self (On Inflatable Couch)
Donnie Barnes Donnie Barnes ... Self - Employee, Red Hat Software
Susan Egan ... Narrator (voice)
Marc Merlin ... Self (Silicon Valley Linux Users' Group President)
Terry Egan Terry Egan ... Self
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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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Eric Raymond: I was at Agenda 2000, and one of the people who was there was Craig Mundy, who is some kind of high mucky-muck at Microsoft. I think Vice President of Consumer Products or something like that. And, I hadn't actually met him. I bumped into him in an elevator, and I looked at his badge and said 'I see you work for Microsoft,' and he loked back at me and said 'Oh, yeah, and what do you do?' and I thought he seemed just a tad dismissive. I mean here is the archtypical guy in a suit ...
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References Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

The Free Software Song
Lyrics by Richard Stallman
Performed by The GNU/Stallmans
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I thought it was Great!
30 January 2003 | by cbeamer3See all my reviews

I've read 3 books related to the open source movement - "Just For Fun", "Rebel Code" and "Free As In Freedom". This documentary told much the same story as in the books. However, it was kind of neat to "meet" some of the key players and hear them personally give their observations and viewpoints. It was also neat seeing them "in person" because they portrayed a different image than I sensed from the books. They are real people dedicated to a great endeavour. For anyone interested in open source, this documentary is a "must see"!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Swedish

Release Date:

15 February 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Революционная ОС See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,500, 25 August 2002

Gross USA:

$3,500

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,500
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Wonderview Productions See more »
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Stereo

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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