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  • Actors: Linus Torvalds, Richard M. Stallman, Eric Raymond, Bruce Perens, Larry Augustin
  • Directors: J.T.S. Moore
  • Writers: J.T.S. Moore
  • Producers: J.T.S. Moore
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Wonderview Productions
  • DVD Release Date: July 10, 2012
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000A9GLO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,000 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Revolution OS" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Disc One:
  • Alternate Music-Only Audio Track
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Interactive menus
  • Scene Index
  • Digital Video Transfer
  • Disc Two:
  • 70 minutes of additional interviews with Linus Torvalds, Richard Stallman, Bruce Perens, Brian Behlendorf, and others
  • Music Video of "The Free Software Song"
  • Still Image Gallery
  • Document Files: Over 100 pages of Open Source and Free Software writings
  • Biographies
  • Major Easter Eggs

Editorial Reviews

REVOLUTION OS tells the inside story of the hackers and computer programmers who rebelled against Microsoft and the idea of proprietary software to create GNU, Linux, and the Open Source movement. Shot on location in Silicon Valley on 35mm film and in widescreen, REVOLUTION OS captures an offbeat group of characters who are three-parts libertarian, two-parts communist, and one-part bad garage band.

Customer Reviews

A great lesson in the history of the Linux operating system.
Angela Streiff
This film is a very good at getting across the principles of open software, in a way even a non-technical person can understand.
EvilNight
The documentary has been very well prepared, with all necessary details in place.
Amarsh

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Robin G. Sowton on October 22, 2005
Format: DVD
This documentary uses interviews to trace the origins of Linux, and in the process, it provides an interesting insight into the open source movement and its philosophy.

Richard Stallman, founder of the GNU project, is featured prominently throughout the film. (GNU is a set of applications that provide a UNIX-compatible framework.) He explains how GNU was developed through the open source environment, an environment where code can be taken, modified, and shared, but it cannot be made proprietary. He also explains the development of the GNU General Public License which prohibits developers from making the code proprietary.

During GNU's development, Linus Torvalde, was developing a kernel--which was just the piece that was missing from the open source environment. (A kernel is use to allocate resources to other applications.) This kernel became Linux. As Stallman said, it would take years to get GNU and Linux to work together smoothly, but eventually things would take off. Although Linux started in 1991 with 10,000 lines of code, it might have remained a hobbyist's OS, if it had not been for the Apache web server. Apache became the 'killer app,' the business case for buying Linux. (There is an interview shown with Brian Behlendorf, president of the Apache project.) By 1998, Linux had 7.5 million users and companies like Red Hat were contributing to its growth by selling distribution and support.

This film also shows the tug-of-war between Microsoft and open source proponents. Eric S. Raymond, author of The Cathedral and the Bazaar, describes some differences between the proprietary and open source environments, and he explains how his book was one of many influences on Netscape's decision to release their source code.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By J. Howard on October 13, 2003
Format: DVD
This is an excellent follow-up to a set of three movies entitled "Triumph of the Nerds", which details the development and successes of Microsoft, Apple, the Internet, IBM PCs, Altair, etc, but which came out in the mid-1990s, and doesn't mention much about Linux. Also, the mood of all these movies is similar. They belong together for a great summary of the development of personal computing since the 1970s, and all are full of interviews with the key players.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Otto Yuen on March 17, 2004
Format: DVD
It comes with 2 DVDs, the first one is the Revolution OS movie and the second one contains interviews and bios of those well known anti-microsoft gangs like Richard Stallman, Eric Raymond, Linus Trovalds, etc. In the first DVD, it's not really a movie but a kind documentary film. No subtitle but closed caption is supported. Unlike Starup.com movie, this film gets a bunch of well-known gangs who devote themselves to the free & open software revolution to talk about 'how' the free software and open source evolve and 'why' it is getting more & more attention from industrial leaders. It also highlights some companies betting on Linux and open source getting rich at IPO during the Internet bubble, but not forgets to conveying audiences the message that most of those instant millionaires were broke overnight after the bubble busted.
If you're not familiar with open source or free software, I recommend you should put on the disc#2 and watch the Bios section first. Since the movie in disc#1 embeds a lot of people talking and comments, you may find confusion of who & what. In disc#2, besides the bios and some interviews, interestingly, it also includes the first version of the famous well-known paper written by Eric Raymond, 'Cathedral and Bazaar'. This paper actually played a very critical role on Netscape's direction to the open source world. You can read it from your TV screen, and press your remote `back' and `fore' to flipping pages. Although this is convenience for people who do not have computer and read the paper on TV screen, you may find it's quite annoying to flipping and reading twenty something screen pages on your TV. After a while you may feel dizzy. Unfortunately, the DVD does not come with a PDF or other softcopy version of this famous paper in the open source world.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Randall Helzerman on July 4, 2005
Format: DVD
One of the sidestories of this movie is pitting the open source guys (Torvalds, Raymond, etc) against the Free software guys (Stallman,Tiemann). In the movie, the open source guys always seem to be coming out on top--bigger IPOs, more money, more prestige. A typical scene: Stallman is onstage trying to explain why "free software" is the preferred nomenclature, when one of Torvald's kids comes out and totally steals the scene by toddling across the stage, all cute and cuddly. All eyes on Torvalds--while Stallman valiently presses on, talking to a roomful of people who are too busy cooing over the toddler to listen to him.

However, after re-watching this movie after several years, what stuck me is how subsequent events turned out. All the free software guys are basically doing better than ever, whereas the Open sourcers have all had to reinvent themselves several times. Perens has wandered from company to company. Larry Augustine's VA linux was the biggest boom an the bigest flameout. Poor Eric Raymond can only watch his influence slip away bit by bit, as he issues ever more bizzare screeds in some desperate search for relevance.

Its fashionable in certain circles to dismiss Richard Stallman as being some sort of ideological nut-job, but lets please give him the respect due: Richard Stallman created our world.
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