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Linux Orbit: Revolution-OS: Movie Review

Mar 18, 2002, 11:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joshua Marshall)

[ Thanks to John Gowin for this link. ]

"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)..."

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