Saturday, February 16, 2008

Video - The Birth of GNU and Linux

From Google Video, here's a really fascinating documentary - Revolution OS - from 2001. It's lengthy at 1 hour and 25 minutes, but worth the time. If you have some free time this weekend, give it a look. Even better, download it to your iPod or iPhone and watch pieces of it anywhere and anytime you get a chance. If you have kids or students that are interested in computers or programming, point them to the video - I think they'll learn something!

The documentary traces traces the history of GNU, Linux, and the open source and free software movements. The video includes interviews with several of the prominent contributors. In the first 10 minutes, it's particularly interesting to see and hear Bill Gates's Open Letter to Hobbyists. In the letter, he asks Computer Hobbyists to not share, but to buy software. Q: What's the "killer app" for Linux? A: The Apache web server!

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