Revolution O.S.


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.

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Critic Reviews for Revolution O.S.

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (8)

  • 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.

    Aug 22, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • Everybody loves a David and Goliath story, and this one is told almost entirely from David's point of view.

    Feb 26, 2002 | Rating: 3/5
  • ... a boring parade of talking heads and technical gibberish that will do little to advance the Linux cause.

    Feb 26, 2002 | Rating: 1.5/4
  • Tells a lot about the rationale of the open-source movement, but shows virtually none of its fruits. Interviews only open-source advocates.

    Jul 18, 2004
  • remains about as graphically devoid as the old Linux command line

    Apr 8, 2004 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • This in-depth study of important developments of the computer industry should make it required viewing in university computer science departments for years to come.

    Dec 8, 2002 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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