A redux of the Linux movement in open source pharma
Thirty years ago, a 21-year-old student at the University of Helsinki put out a message on a bulletin board, “i am doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won’t be big or professional..),” and asked for feedback.
Little did he know that these few words would be the beginning of a gigantic revolution that would transform digital life around the world. This was the birth of the free operating system that came to be known as Linux, named after the kid, Linus Torvalds, who invented it.
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Free and Open-Source Software (FOSS) – Everything you need to know
There’s no denying that when talking about “free and open-source software,” there are several ideas that can easily invoke complex as well as emotional discussions. However, that’s what we’re here to get straight! First, FOSS (Free and Open-Source Software) is a mix of free software as well as open-source software.
Therefore, it’s vivid that there are similarities between the two, and still, there’re as well differences that go unnoticed; for instance, free software can be open source, but not all open source software is free. Ideally, free and open-source software doesn’t mean that software is cost-free. It literally means that the source code of the software is widely open for everyone, and anyone is open to use, modify and study the code.
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The Emergent Open Source Revolution
REVOLUTION OS tells the inside story of the hackers who rebelled against the proprietary software model and Microsoft to create GNU/Linux and the Open Source movement.
On June 1, 2001, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said “Linux is a cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches.”
Microsoft fears GNU/Linux, and rightly so. GNU/Linux and the Open Source & Free Software movements arguably represent the greatest threat to Microsoft’s way of life. Shot in cinemascope on 35mm film in Silicon Valley, REVOLUTION OS tracks down the key movers and shakers behind Linux, and finds out how and why Linux became such a potent threat.
REVOLUTION OS features interviews with Linus Torvalds, Richard Stallman, Bruce Perens, Eric Raymond, Brian Behlendorf, Michael Tiemann, Larry Augustin, Frank Hecker, and Rob Malda. To view the trailer or the first eight minutes go to the ifilm website for REVOLUTION OS.