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
"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
- NewsForge: Open Source, the movie: 'AntiTrust' reviewed(Jan 13, 2001)
- WashingtonPost.com: Microsoft A la Hollywood - Antitrust, the Movie(Jan 12, 2001)
- Washington Post: 'Antitrust' the Movie; Hollywood's Thinly Veiled Take on Microsoft(Jan 08, 2001)
- ZDNet UK: Linux to star on silver screen - Antitrust, the movie(Jan 08, 2001)
- Antitrust the Movie: Jon Hall/Miguel de Icaza Audio Interview(Jan 06, 2001)
- The Standard: Linus, Miguel Go Hollywood!(Dec 15, 2000)