The hackerspace wall was awash with the faces of Eric Raymond, Linus Torvalds, Richard Stallman and others last night as we viewed Revolution OS. This film chronicles the rise of the Open Source and Free Software movements complete with some of their best successes and largest failures.
- The release of Netscape source-code to eventually become what we know as Mozilla Firefox.
- The Initial Public Offering of VA Linux Systems (now Sourceforge) as one of the highest initial trades in history, breaking 800% in its first day.
If you missed out, Revolution OS can be viewed in its entirety on YouTube.
Discussion remains to be had, particularly regarding the end, which may have been an end to the film but certainly was not an end to the story. We’re living the story, with things like Google Summer of Code and the ability to join or promote and endorse projects in creative and unique ways, we keep this story going.
Don’t hesitate, innovate! And check out Revolution OS; a groovy perspective on an interesting movement.