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Revolution O.S. (2002)

Revolution O.S. (2002)

Revolution O.S.




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While Microsoft may be the biggest software company in the world, not every computer user is a fan of their products, or their way of doing business. While Microsoft's Windows became the most widely used operating system for personal computers in the world, many experts took issue with Microsoft's strict policies regarding licensing, ownership, distribution, and alteration of their software. The objections of many high-profile technology experts, most notably Richard Stallman, led to what has become known as "the Open Source Movement," which is centered on the belief that computer software should be free both in the economic and intellectual senses of the word. Eventually, one of Stallman's admirers, Linus Torvalds, created a new operating system called Linux, a freely distributed software which many programmers consider to be markedly superior to Windows. Revolution OS is a documentary that examines the genesis of the Open Source Movement, and explores and explains the technical and intellectual issues involved in a manner understandable to computer aficionados and non-techheads alike.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: J.T.S. Moore, J.T.S. Moore
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On DVD: Sep 30, 2003
Seventh Art Releasing - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Revolution O.S.

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (4)

Must-see viewing for anyone involved in the high-tech industry. Others may find it migraine-inducing, despite Moore's attempts at whimsy and spoon feeding.

Full Review… | August 22, 2002
San Jose Mercury News
Top Critic

Everybody loves a David and Goliath story, and this one is told almost entirely from David's point of view.

Full Review… | February 26, 2002
New York Times
Top Critic

... a boring parade of talking heads and technical gibberish that will do little to advance the Linux cause.

February 26, 2002
New York Post
Top Critic

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Top Critic

Tells a lot about the rationale of the open-source movement, but shows virtually none of its fruits. Interviews only open-source advocates.

July 18, 2004

remains about as graphically devoid as the old Linux command line

Full Review… | April 8, 2004

Audience Reviews for Revolution O.S.

Decent documentary. Cool insight. Very biased, however, and let's just say there's a reason Linus Torvalds is Linus Torvalds and Richard Stallman is Richard Stallman. He's what Howard Wolowitz was destined to become had he not married Bernadette.


Was a surprisingly interesting and in-depth documentary on the open source movement. I am surprised I have not gotten around to reviewing this yet as it is one of my favourite documentary's.


Surprisingly informative, but it probably won't appeal much to non-geeks. I never knew, for instance, that tech support as the income stream for open source software was baked into the model from the beginning. I also didn't know that the GNU/Linux kernel combination was something of an amazing accident of timing and concurrent geekery.

What is it with the soundtrack in this documentary? I'd swear the director was poking fun...

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