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The film begins with glimpses of Raymond, a Linux IPO, Torvalds, the idea of Open Source, Perens, Stallman, then sets the historical stage in the early days of hackers and computer hobbyists when code was shared freely. It discusses how change came in 1978 as Bill Gates, in his Open Letter to Hobbyists, pointedly prodded hobbyists to pay up. Stallman relates his struggles with proprietary software vendors at the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab, leading to his departure to focus on the development of free software, and the GNU project.
Torvalds describes the development of the Linux kernel, the GNU/Linux naming controversy, Linux's further evolution, and its commercialization.
Raymond and Stallman clarify the philosophy of free software versus communism and capitalism, as well as the development stages of Linux.
Michael Tiemann discusses meeting Stallman in 1987, getting an early version of Stallman's GCC, and founding Cygnus Solutions.
Larry Augustin describes combining GNU software with a normal PC to create a Unix-like workstation at one third the price and twice the power of a Sun workstation. He relates his early dealings with venture capitalists, the eventual capitalization and commodification of Linux for his own company, VA Linux, and its IPO.
Brian Behlendorf, one of the original developers of the Apache HTTP Server, explains that he started to exchange patches for the NCSA web server daemon with other developers, which led to the release of "a patchy" webserver, dubbed Apache.
Frank Hecker of Netscape discusses the events leading up to Netscape's executives releasing 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 point was validated further after the film's release as the Netscape source code eventually became the Firefox web browser, reclaiming a large percentage of market share from Microsoft's Internet Explorer.
The film also documents the scope of the first full-scale LinuxWorld Summit conference, with appearances by Linus Torvalds and Larry Augustin on the keynote stage.
Much of the footage for the film was shot in Silicon Valley.
INTERVIEW SUBJECT'S BIOS:
In 1991 Torvalds created the Linux kernel (the unifying program for a Unix-like operating system) at age twenty-one while enrolled at the University of Helsinki in his native Finland.
Stallman founded the GNU Project in 1984 in an attempt to create his own Unix-like operating system that was freely shareable. He also started the Free Software movement to espouse his political agenda of freely-shared intellectual property. Stallman's philosophical and technical work became the foundation for Linux and the Open Source movement.
Perens authored the Open Source definition and currently works as an Open Source evangelist for Hewlett-Packard.
Raymond authored the paper "The Cathedral and the Bazaar" which brought outside attention and understanding to the sociological underpinnings of the Open Source movement.
Behlendorf is one of the original co-developers of the Apache Web Server. Apache is the most commonly used web server in the world with almost 60% of the market. Apache was the first "killer app" for Linux.
In 1989 Tiemann co-founded the first company based upon the GNU Project technology and principles of the Free Software movement. Tiemann is currently the CTO of Redhat Software, the most prominent Linux company.
Augustin co-founded VA Linux Systems, one of the first companies based upon the Linux operating system. VA Linux Systems was a key early supporter of Linux and the Open Source movement. VA Linux System also set the record for the highest opening price for and IPO. On December 9, 1999, its first trade was at $299 per share. Currently, the stock trades around $5 per share.
Hecker is a former Netscape systems engineer that authored a key internal white paper that advocated Netscape releasing its source code to the public.
Malda (a.k.a. CmdrTaco) is the editor of the famous hacker website Slashdot.
Merlin is the president of Silicon Valley Linux Users Group.
Linux is not more popular because it is the chess of operating systems. There's a saying:Unix is user-friendly — it's just choosy about who its friends are. It's not linux's fault. It's people fault. The lack of imagination and knowledge. People still live under the impression that a gui is more powerful than the console.
Linus Torvals is such a strong opinionated guy. How does he dare to call R. Stallman a Philosopher? XD "I am the engineer"- Fuck off.
This reminds me of Steve Wozniak.
They mention fears about Microsoft using a monopoly to morph the HTTP standards. Next time you run a google search, have a look at the URL's they generate -- they all point to google "mediating" server URL's. They mention Toshipa and IBM selling machines without installed OS. That is now deader than dinosaur bones. When the NUC's began shipping with Windows at the same price as a bare system with no OS, that was the handwriting on the wall. When the official documentation for how to put Linux on the NUC's vanished, that was the death knell. With the move from 14.04 to 16.04 essentially breaking lots of things and creating more trouble for users, and the decline of quality in the "virtual" community of Linux supporters, it seems like all the talent that launched Linux to it's superiority as an OS, has now Of course it's easy to point to Android -- essentially a dead end open source where community investments become worthless due to the deprecation of hardware in the hands of consumers who choose to use it for nothing but consumption of media content. And so you have the collision of the free IP issues with the open source project, in the wallet sized package of the smart phone, and the people who are winning are the cathedral builders, not because they make a better solution, or give people what they want or need, but because they control the real estate which is locked up with legal tie-in's to hardware handset makes (who, incidentally, outside of Apple, seem themselves to be constantly dying off due to the exploitative nature of their market position. This premise was proven to work by Apple, when they forked BSD linux and locked it to their hardware in the late 90s. Hardware, incidentally, that was designed with the kind of concern for the fashion-ability of the packaging that the main line linux hackers failed to appreciate, and now are able to appreciate as they sit in their cubicles working for Google on Android. It is going to take a "Pacific Rim" mentality, that combines the freely distributable philosophy of IP and the interest in improving the technical tool kit, to get over this hurdle. TPP as negotiated would make sure that never happens.
so this guy is pretty much the jesus of software
That man took the time to not just name but explain all of that and you guys just cut it off of final production >:( 13:48
I wish this was in hindi so that I could show it to my dad. I notice that he doesn't likes my ways. He is over-anti-altruistic.
an exceptionally well documentary !
Had the impression that Richard Stallman was a nutjob, now he seems like the only sane person.
Gonna use this opportunity to give a shoutout to my boys from the Solus project.Everyone should try Solus OS, it's the best desktop distro.
the thing is, if they wrote something for hobby computers that makes the computers not require programming knowledge, then why would you have computers as your hobby? It's pointless. Computers are best for programming
OSEK anyone? ;)
Solus say Hi ! )
Great show to watch.
1:04:12 - How does ESR enforce licenses?
Eric Raymond lost his shit in communism
That Bill Gates 'rant', tho :)
Watch it for ICT guys
linux didnt take over the personal desktop space it took over the mobile space