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Revolution OS: history of GNU, Linux, and the open source and free software movements

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    vettacossx-alpha Midnight Mage Member


    Revolution OS is a 2001 documentary which traces the history of GNU,
    Linux, and the open source and free software movements. It features
    several interviews with prominent hackers and entrepreneurs (and
    hackers-cum-entrepreneurs), including Richard Stallman, Michael
    Tiemann, Linus Torvalds, Larry Augustin, Eric S. Raymond, Bruce
    Perens, Frank Hecker and Brian Behlendorf. The film begins in medias
    res with an IPO, and then sets the historical stage by showing the
    beginnings of software development back in the day when software was
    shared on paper tape for the price of the paper itself. It then segues
    to Bill Gates’s Open Letter to Hobbyists in which he asks Computer
    Hobbyists to not share, but to buy software. (This letter was written
    by Gates when Microsoft was still based in Arizona and spelled
    “Micro-Soft”.) Richard Stallman then explains how and why he left the
    MIT Lab for Artificial Intelligence in order to devote his life to the
    development of free software, as well as how he started with the GNU
    project. Linus Torvalds is interviewed on his development of the Linux
    kernel as well as on the GNU/Linux naming controversy and Linux’s
    further evolution, including its commercialization. Richard Stallman
    remarks on some of the ideological aspects of open source vis-á-vis
    Communism and capitalism and well as on several aspects of the
    development of GNU/Linux. Michael Tiemann (interviewed in a desert)
    tells how he met Stallman and got an early version of Stallman’s GCC
    and founded Cygnus Solutions. Larry Augustin tells how he combined the
    resulting GNU software and a normal PC to create a UNIX-like
    Workstation which cost one third the price of a workstation by Sun
    Microsystems even though it was three times as powerful. His narrative
    includes his early dealings with venture capitalists, the eventual
    capitalization and commodification of Linux for his own company, VA
    Linux, and ends with its IPO. Frank Hecker of Netscape tells how
    Netscape executives released the source code for Netscape’s browser,
    one of the signal events which made Open Source a force to be reckoned
    with by business executives, the mainstream media, and the public at
    large. (this text is available under the terms of the GNU Free
    Documentation License)​
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