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- 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
- Major Easter Eggs
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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I have used Linux since 1996 - a good intro to the history of that which now runs the world as the internet itself and all large scale computing systems.Published 2 months ago by Michael Crock
Good documentary. I love watching computer related docs and how all the technology evolved. I've never used Linux and I still find this interesting.Published 6 months ago by Dipsy Doodle
This documentary is the reason I initially got into writing libre/free software. I had never been shown the difference between open source and libre/free software and just assumed... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Rick C Hodgin
I think I've seen this movie about forty times now - It's a must-see, and I recommend it to all of my friends (At least the friends who are into computers)Published 8 months ago by YaMoonSun
Excellent (now-historical) exploration of the beginnings of Linux - the operating system that you all use in some form or another in order to read this revue. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Big Ben
Absolutely a must see for anyone in the technology field. The additional photos and video material are also must-sees. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Jared
Given up front that no single documentary-style video can do justice to the subject, Revolution OS nevertheless captures the flavor of an important period in computing history. Read morePublished 22 months ago by SamG
I will support any project where the purpose is to better understand Open Source; movement, philosophy, and technical advancements. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Robert