Hacking often fascinates the Internet art community, and at times the two practices collide. In 'Revolution OS,' hacker ethics are captured in a palatable documentary about Linux and the free software movement. The film, at times playful and clever, is a classic underdog story, the hackers vs. Microsoft, complete with a spiritual leader (Richard Stallman), and folk hero encounters (Linus Torvalds' appearance at the 1999 LinuxWorld conference). 'Revolution OS' has been screening at small venues across the U.S. since early 2001, and its first eight minutes are viewable online. The final acts are still being produced on CPUs everywhere.
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by Sofia Leiby & Jaakko Pallasvuo on Mar 27th, 2015