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ZDNet UK: Linux to star on silver screen - Antitrust, the movie

Jan 08, 2001, 14:55 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lisa Bowman)

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"The movie Antitrust, set to open 12 January, pits the open source movement against a multibillion-dollar technology company in the Pacific Northwest that, according to promos, "will stop at nothing" to maintain control of the computing world. "There is no second place," the film's official Web site states."

"The plot apparently goes something like this: the movie's computer-whiz hero, Milo, turns down launching a startup with a friend and instead goes to work for the malevolent company, called Winston. He soon discovers the company's evil tactics and attempts to save the day."

"The film promises to be a Linux lover's dream, featuring shots of the Gnome desktop, consulting work by Linux leaders, and cameos by at least one of the Linux movement's geekiest idols. To John "Maddog" Hall, executive director of Linux International, Antitrust is more than just a movie -- it's a crusade. "This is a way of bringing the concept of open source and the fact that there is an alternative to the general public, who often don't even know that there is one," he said."

"Hall, a consultant on the film, was offered a cameo, but couldn't make it because he had to attend a computer trade show in China. Instead, the role went to Miguel de Icaza, Linux icon and peppy leader of the Gnome desktop project, who in the film presents the hero with an open source award. Sun Microsystems chief executive Scott McNealy also appears in the film's trailers."

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