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Advogato: Free Software in the Movies ...or, did Antitrust get it right?

Jan 15, 2001, 12:00 (5 Talkback[s])
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"We've all heard of the movie Antitrust, and some of us have gone to see it; I went last night. There's no doubt that, as a movie, it's nothing exceptional--I think the Salon review is spot-on. But the movie is interesting thing to talk about from another standpoint: it's really the first big appearance of free software as a significant plot element in mass-market entertainment."

"So how were our ideas portrayed?

"The first thing that jumps out is the exclusive use of the term "Open Source" instead of "free software". In my own circle, we generally speak of free software, but I've met free software programmers who use the arguably more marketable "Open Source"; certainly today's media almost exclusively does."

"My own take on this is that, in this film at least, terminology is the least important flaw--other problems rather overshadow the naming scheme."

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