Linux Orbit: Revolution-OS: Movie Review
Mar 18, 2002, 11:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joshua Marshall)
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"When we walked into the theater, lo and behold.... Geeks. I
suppose it's hard to be objective when my wife uses the same term
to describe me (in the nicest possible way), but for every filled
seat, there was a second seat with a laptop propped up on it.
"The film is a string of interviews with several of the key
figures of the free software/open source movement, staggered with
slides of statistics charting the growth in users, and lines of
code of the open OS as it evolved from birth to its current
iterations. The film's creator, J.T.S. Moore was a relative Linux
neophyte as he made the film, so it naturally gravitates towards
the heaviest hitters in the early days.
"It opens appropriately with Richard Stallman, recounting the
origins of the free software movement with his creation of the GNU
(GNU= GNU is not UNIX) development tools and ultimately the first
drafting of the GPL. The GPL (General Public License) ensures that
the source code for all licensed programs remains open and free (as
in liberty, not beer)..."