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Video: Default to open: The story of open source and Red Hat


Red Hat Films is proud to unveil this documentary looking at the past, present, and future of Red Hat and the evolution of open source.

Take a look back at the beginnings of open source, and its growth through the 80s and 90s. Meet the people involved, and understand how Red Hat got started, went public, and changed the technology industry along the way.

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Created by akf 6 years 36 weeks ago – Made popular 6 years 36 weeks ago
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Medieval Copy Protection


Sometimes people come to me and ask, "How did medieval filmmakers protect their DVDs from piracy?" And I tell them that since so few households had DVD players during the thousand or so years between the fall of the Roman Empire and the Renaissance that it really never became much of an issue.

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Xandros Shows Death by Microsoft


"It should be widely known by now. No matter why, when and where, join MS and you will be dead." Abe
Richard Hillesley has just published "The lost world of the Xandros desktop," which is an article that looks at Xandros' past and present.

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Created by komrad 8 years 3 weeks ago – Made popular 8 years 3 weeks ago
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Emacs & the birth of the GPL


Emacs is not so much a text editor, more a way of life - an "extensible, customizable self-documenting real time display editor" with thousands of ready made extensions that take you way beyond its original remit as a text editor

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Created by stripcut 8 years 5 weeks ago – Made popular 8 years 5 weeks ago
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The history of Linux: Get your popcorn


So, it’s not your typical date-night movie, and maybe I’m the last person to know this documentary exists, but I was happy to find the film (1hour, 25 minutes), Revolution OS on Google Video.

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Created by vacuous 8 years 8 weeks ago – Made popular 8 years 8 weeks ago
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Tinkerer’s sunset


When DVD Jon was arrested after breaking the CSS encryption algorithm, he was charged with ``unauthorized computer trespassing''. That led his lawyers to ask the obvious question, ``On whose computer did he trespass?'' The prosecutor’s answer: ``his own''.

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Created by stargrave 8 years 14 weeks ago – Made popular 8 years 14 weeks ago
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The 9 most important events in Open Source history


Have you ever wondered about those key moments in time that made open source software such an immense success story? We just did, and here below is our list.

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15 game-changing Linux moments of the decade


If you were sat at your Linux computer one dark evening in late 1999, things would have been considerably different. But things have changed. Linux is now an operating system anyone can install and use, and it's growing stronger every year. Here's how it happened.

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Created by a known eMouse 8 years 19 weeks ago – Made popular 8 years 19 weeks ago
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A Concise Introduction to Free and Open Source Software


Andy Updegrove writes an article providing an overview of the history of FOSS and its champions, the major philosophical differences that divide FOSS from OSS developers, the multiple licenses under which FOSS is made available, and the principle non-profit institutions that support and promote FOSS.

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The Five Distros That Changed Linux


Linux’s history can be measured in both releases 2.0, 2.6, and so on, and in its major distributions, which brought these releases to the masses at large. Here’s my list of the top five major Linux distributions that had the most impact in the operating system’s brief history.

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Created by mountaintroll 8 years 20 weeks ago – Made popular 8 years 20 weeks ago
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10 things that rocked the Linux world


Much too much has happened with Linux in the last 10 years to do anything like a complete job of listing the important events and technological advances surrounding this operating system. But nevertheless here are 10 important Linux developments that have rocked the world of Linux. I'm sure you can add to this.

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GNU'S NOT UNIX - Richard Stallman with BYTE editors, July 1986


«... Richard Stallman has undertaken probably the most ambitious free software development project to date, the GNU system. In his GNU Manifesto, published in the March 1985 issue of Dr. Dobb's Journal, Stallman described GNU as a "complete Unix-compatible software system which I am writing so that I can give it away free to everyone who can use it...

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GNU'S NOT UNIX - Richard Stallman with BYTE editors, July 1986


		 Conducted by David Betz and Jon Edwards

	      Richard Stallman discusses his public-domain
		    UNIX-compatible software system
			   with BYTE editors
			      (July 1986)

Copyright (C) 1986 Richard Stallman. Permission is granted to make and distribute copies of this article as long as the copyright and this notice appear on all copies.

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Submitted by can.axis on Fri, 05/22/2009 - 23:18

1985: "Will Unix become the next MS-DOS?"


This historic TV-show from 1985 ponders on the question "Will Unix become the next MS-DOS?".
This is not about Free Software, but you can see in this show the state of the Unix system from around the time, when the GNU project started. So it is of historic interest.

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Created by akf 9 years 2 days ago – Made popular 9 years 1 day ago
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A Brief, Incomplete, and Mostly Wrong History of Programming Languages


1801 - Joseph Marie Jacquard uses punch cards to instruct a loom to weave "hello, world" into a tapestry. Redditers of the time are not impressed due to the lack of tail call recursion, concurrency, or proper capitalization.

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Created by caffienejunki 9 years 4 days ago – Made popular 9 years 3 days ago
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