Revolution OS 2001
Revolution OS, a feature-length documentary about the free software movement and the development of open source programming, weaves a compelling if uneven story about programmers and hackers and their stormy relationship with corporate software manufacturers, especially Microsoft. Mostly a compilation of interviews with key players in the open source movement, this film represents a clash of philosophies that is heralded as potentially earthshaking, but in reality has had few significant results.
The video opens with a hysterically dramatic reading of the “Open Letter to Hobbyists” Bill Gates wrote in 1976, wherein he argues fervently for an end to software piracy, especially of his own products. This letter began a debate among programmers that has lasted for nearly three decades now, whether software should be copyprotected or freely distributed.
J.T.S. Moore interviews such essential figures as Linus Torvalds, Brian Behlendorf (co-developer of the Apache web server) and Eric Raymond, author of The Cathedral and the Bazaar.

2 x DVD5 | NTSC 4:3 | 01:24:59 | 3.71 Gb + 3.93 Gb
Language: English
Subtitles: none
Genre: Documentary, Comedy; Drama, Short, Western


Director: J.T.S. Moore
Cast: Linus Torvalds, Richard Stallman, Eric Raymond, Larry Augustin, Bruce Perens, Michael Tiemann, Brian Behlendorf, Frank Hecker, Chris DiBona, Nick Moffitt, Donnie Barnes, Rob Malda, Marc Merlin
Country: USA

Extras:

Disc One:
-- Directors Audio Commentary
-- Alternate Music-Only Audio Track
-- Theatrical Trailers

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
-- Easter Eggs (click on Tux, the Linux Penguin, to view "Shooting Creek", a full movie by the creator of Revolution OS, about the reconstruction era following the U.S. Civil War)

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