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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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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, 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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Color

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2.35 : 1
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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 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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My Kid Set Me Up to Watch This Documentary
16 March 2004 | by lawprofSee all my reviews

My fourteen-year-old boy is very much into computers (that's hardly surprising). This summer he'll be back with the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth program studying - I don't really know exactly what. It's some kind of computer program, I just sign the check.

He's very much both anti-Microsoft and anti-Bill Gates. He's also quite pro-Linux, the emblem of the "Open Source" movement whose adherents regard its underlying virtues with a devotion normally reserved by the religious for the icons of their faiths.

So he wanted me to see "Revolution OS," a documentary about the Linux operating system and the open source movement that spawned the increasingly important competitor to both Microsoft and Apple.

This is a very interesting documentary which I, clueless as to the secrets of operating systems, readily understood. I watched it with the barest comprehension of Linux or the philosophy underlying the open source concept.

Much credit to the filmmaker for not only explaining the seminal value of open source - the commitment to free interchange of ideas with minimal incorporation of legal protection for intellectual property - but for also succinctly allowing contrasting values and competing personalities screen time. This documentary is a very concise but excellent guide for the uninitiated into a world usually the arcane preserve of specialists most adept at talking to each other.

The Open Source movement is a work in progress threatened by the real risk of those benefiting from openness legally protecting their own "added value" and thus, in a sense, betraying their benefactors. Several of those interviewed pursue their open source values almost as a creed, the commitment to computers taking the place of more traditional dogma.

Anyone interested in a major intellectual counterpoint to the dominance of both Microsoft and the role of law in insuring proprietary benefits for innovators should see "Revolution OS": no manual required.

8/10.


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