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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.
- 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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Famously it is the basis for the original Google and Amazon servers (and other services), and used on the major stock exchanges of the world for its reliability vs the Win/Apple alternatives.
It is also the vital kernel inside the globally dominant Android OS - and now Google Chrome OS which is set fair to repeat the success of Android on laptops (Chromebooks) desktops (Chromeboxen) and varii ubiquitous USB sticks.
You have to see this movie to appreciate what a monumental U-turn has been made by Microsoft when Satya Nadella (Who? - the latest MS boss) declared publicly "I love LInux".
He pretty much has to now.
This story covers the early days - from the first tentative steps by a confident young student (Linus) who argued with the professor of computing - and went on to prove his point - all against the solid background of RM Stallman's long-term GNU project that made everything possible by providing the tools and other software for Linux to thrive.
The credits say: Linus Torvalds (Actor), Richard M. Stallman (Actor)
And there are many, many others involved - Bruce Perens, Eric S. Raymond of "Cathedral and Bazaar" fame, but they are none of them actors.
All of them are participants in this story that affects everyone from the owner of the simplest of 'smart' phones or tablets to the head of CompSci at any University. They truly changed the world of computing, for free.
No wonder Ballmer hated them so vocally!
You'll probably want to skip the song, though! <grin>
Recommended if you take any interest at all in computers or computing.
Video quality: Has one problem that I've noticed: It's letterboxed, not true widescreen. Meaning the black bars at the top and bottom of the screen are actually part of the video, not added by your playing equipment. This won't make any difference if you watch it on a 4:3 'square-screen' TV, but if you try to watch this on a 16:9 widescreen TV, as I did, then black bars will be visible on all four sides. Why? Most other DVDs use true widescreen, why not this one? Other than that, the video's perfect. Colors are vivid and the picture is clear, no compression artifacts or anything.
Annoying stuff: None except for a short 'do not copy under penalty of law' warning (Kind of ironic considering that the freedom to copy and modify copyrighted stuff is so important to the subject of the movie :). No forced advertisements, no region coding, no CSS encryption.
Captions & Subtitles: Not available.
On first disc:
-Two trailers - one for Revolution OS and one for another movie, Shooting Creek - are accessible from the menus.
-Director's audio commentary
-Music & sound effects only audio track
On second disc:
-Additional interview footage of Linus Torvalds, Richard Stallman, Brian Behlendorf, Michael Tiemann, Bruce Perens, Larry Augustin, and an Open Source Panel discussion
-The Free Software Song music video
-Still photo gallery, navigable using the left and right buttons on your remote.
-Documents, navigable using left and right buttons. Includes the Open Source Definition, the first version of "The Cathedral and the Bazaar", the GNU Manifesto, the GNU General Public License version 2, Stallman's initial announcement of the GNU Project, and the lyrics of the Free Software Song.
-Biographies of the movie's cast and crew.
I've since moved away from "free software" and instead into a true Public Domain license, but one conveys a message of each receiver's personal one-on-one accountability to God in honoring my request to keep the software libre/free. I use this accountability to remove the burden of compliance from man's legal-system, and to place it onto their own conscience with God (which is where accountability in all of our decisions ultimately resides anyway).
Perfect or complete? No. For example, Revolution OS makes no attempt to tell the larger story of the microcomputer revolution; it's important to remember, I think, that Linux didn't happen in a vacuum. Critics of Revolution OS have made some useful observations. Still, whatever shortcomings Revolution OS might actually be guilty of, it's worth buying and viewing if for just one reason: We get to see a glimpse of the real people who in their own lifetimes became legendary.