SXSW Film Reviews

Moore manages to encapsulate the entirety of the open source software movement and keep non-techheads awake simultaneously.

Revolution OS

D: JTS Moore. (35mm, 90 min.)

It's a testament to Moore's skill as a documentarian that he manages to encapsulate the entirety of the open source software movement and keep non-techheads awake simultaneously. This being Austin, Revolution OS is screening in the right place at the right time, though lower life forms (i.e. non-coders, -phreaks, or -hackerz) such as myself will find that once the basic premise is iterated, the rest of the film is all icing on the dataport. Simply put, the open source movement is a grassroots movement to make software essentially free, or at least able to be shared and traded across the net. Think anti-Microsoft, and you've got the idea. Nefarious software overlord Bill Gates predictably takes a beating throughout; one memorable passage quotes the full (and lengthy) text of a 1976 Gates missive decrying the very idea of "free" software. Read in an increasingly shrill and histrionic tone, the letter is pure Gates screed and banishes any lingering doubts viewers might have regarding the Microsoft head's false piety. Moore also interviews a flotilla of open-source heroes, from Linus Paulson to manifesto-hacker Eric Raymond, who prove once again that not all geeks are out to rule the world and sabotage your privacy. Just the ones in Seattle.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
Short and Sweet: Los Mosquitos
Short and Sweet: Los Mosquitos
A different look at the migrant experience outside of politics

Richard Whittaker, March 9, 2024

Longtime SXSW Film & TV Festival Head, Indie Film Icon Janet Pierson Transitions to New Role
SXSW Film Head Janet Pierson Steps Down
Pierson's deputy, Claudette Godfrey, assumes leadership

Kimberley Jones, Oct. 5, 2022

More Screens
Austin Artist Brings Gamera to Vibrant Life in a New Box Set
Austin Artist Brings Gamera to Vibrant Life in a New Box Set
Matt Frank builds the perfect monster

Richard Whittaker, Aug. 28, 2020

SXSW Film
SXSW Film Reviews: 'TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard'
Daily Reviews and Interviews

Richard Whittaker, March 15, 2013

More by Marc Savlov
Remembering James “Prince” Hughes, Atomic City Owner and Austin Punk Luminary
Remembering James “Prince” Hughes, Atomic City Owner and Austin Punk Luminary
The Prince is dead, long live the Prince

Aug. 7, 2022

Green Ghost and the Masters of the Stone
Texas-made luchadores-meets-wire-fu playful adventure

April 29, 2022

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

sxsw film, revolution os, jts moore

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Keep up with happenings around town

Kevin Curtin's bimonthly cannabis musings

Austin's queerest news and events

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle