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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Linus Torvalds Linus Torvalds ... Himself - Creator, Linux Kernel
Richard M. Stallman Richard M. Stallman ... Himself - Founder, GNU Project
Eric Raymond Eric Raymond ... Himself - Author
Bruce Perens Bruce Perens ... Himself - Author, Open Source Definition
Larry Augustin Larry Augustin ... Himself - Co-Founder, CEO, VA Linux Systems
Michael Tiemann Michael Tiemann ... Himself - Co-Founder, Cygnus Solutions
Brian Behlendorf Brian Behlendorf ... Himself
Frank Hecker Frank Hecker ... Himself - Former Netscape Systems Engineer
Chris DiBona Chris DiBona ... Himself (Windows Refund Day Scene)
Nick Moffitt Nick Moffitt ... Himself (Windows Refund Day Scene)
Rob Malda Rob Malda ... Himself (On Inflatable Couch)
Donnie Barnes Donnie Barnes ... Himself - Employee, Red Hat Software
Susan Egan ... Narrator (voice)
Marc Merlin ... Himself (Silicon Valley Linux Users' Group President)
Terry Egan 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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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,500, 25 August 2002
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Wonderview Productions See more »
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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
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A nice documentary about open source software
12 December 2002 | by presto8See 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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