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LinuxWorld: Is "Antitrust" for real? - A penguinista's view of the film

Jan 17, 2001, 23:26 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr)

"There's been a lot of buzz on the Net recently about a movie that opened across the country January 12. The villain in MGM's "Antitrust" is based on the man so many love to hate, Bill Gates. Adding to the buzz -- at least among the open source crowd -- is the fact that Linus Torvalds, Jon "maddog" Hall, and Miguel de Icaza were all involved in the making of the movie...."

"The basic story line is the battle between good and evil. Gary Winston's company (NURV, Never Underestimate Radical Vision) is in a "winner take all" race to achieve global convergence for the delivery of video, sound, and text over all kinds of electronic devices. The product NURV is developing to achieve that convergence is called Synapse, which seems to be some weird science held together by Java."

"The forces of evil -- Winston and NURV -- clearly reflect the core values of Bill Gates and Microsoft, as the film contains, for example, numerous references to the government's antitrust case against Microsoft. Winston is shown before a Senate committee mouthing the same sort of absurd denials of monopoly power that Gates did a couple of years ago. The Microsoft philosophy of winning at any cost, and to hell with restrictive laws, ethics, or mores, was portrayed with remarkable candor and accuracy. From Winston's home (complete with digital art) to the NURV campus, you're never left in doubt as to whom the character is based on."

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