Wednesday, March 11, 2015
DMAE Film Series
LSU , Digital Media Center (DMC), Baton Rouge
CDMAE & CCT are proud to present Revolution OS. “The film is a documentary that traces the twenty-year history of GNU, Linux, open source, and the free software movement. Dr. Robert Kooima will discuss what has changed since the movie was made and put it in a modern context with today’s challenges.
“Directed by J. T. S. Moore, the film features interviews with prominent hackers and entrepreneurs including Richard Stallman, Michael Tiemann, Linus Torvalds, Larry Augustin, Eric S. Raymond, Bruce Perens, Frank Hecker and Brian Behlendorf.” - Wikipedia
“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. Just on a practical level, it indicates the community-oriented approach is not only the fastest way to fix problems, but can lead to a sort of “Natural Selection” method of improving software. Intellectually, the movie explores some fairly lofty ideals and demonstrates their implementation in a capitalist environment can be much more successful than you might think. It kind of gives you hope for the human race. As Open Source and LINUX realize their potential to exploit Microsoft’s weaknesses, Stallman and his comrades might actually fulfill one of their other dreams – to become Bill Gates worst nightmare.” - Ron Wells, Film Threat