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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

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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Country:

USA

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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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Stereo

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2.35 : 1
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Quotes

John Mark Walker: [Last Line] "Hi! We're the GNU/Stallmans, and this is the Free Software Song!"
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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The Free Software Song
Lyrics by Richard Stallman
Performed by The GNU/Stallmans
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Informative, but I felt somewhat manipulated
12 August 2005 | by EdwinRywaltSee all my reviews

I guess I expected Revolution OS to show not only the history of LINUX and OpenSource but also why these softwares are better than their commercial counterparts. I was pleased with the presentation of the history, as I had not been previously aware of it, but I was less than satisfied with the documentary's complete lack of any demonstration, however brief, of the software and an explanation of why it's better than Microsoft Windows. There's a scene where Bill Gate's is responding to the issue of free software. Some of his remarks make sense- but it was difficult to focus on the ideas because at that point there was absolutely atrocious and intrusive music 'pasted' into the background and I couldn't help feeling that I was being manipulated. I also did not get how some of these developers make their money. Someone has to create the software. This takes time. People have to eat and they need to pay for their food to eat. If they are giving their time away developing free software, where are they getting the money for food? I would have liked the documentary to address that issue. I would also like to say that I do use OpenSource software and find it to be quite good, and since it's free, remarkable. I think the OpenSource movement is revolutionary, but I'm not sure this film brings this across.


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