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History of Linux: Time For Open Source Documentary

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How did Linux originate, where is it presently and in which directions is it headed for the future? These are the big questions that a longtime Linux user and developer named Brian Thomason seeks to answer in a documentary film, if he can secure enough funding through a crowdsourcing campaign on Kickstarter. Here's hoping he succeeds.

Since I'm a history professor by day (don't ask how I ended up a tech blogger on the side, unless you have time for a lengthy answer), I probably think more about the past than most people. Still, it has always struck me that the Linux community doesn't do a particularly good job of chronicling its origins. There are a few resources online on the subject, most notably a pretty good Wikipedia article, and a handful of academic books touch on the history of Linux. But as a decentralized community with no money to pay corporate historians or construct sumptuous "visitor centers" like Microsoft's, Linux fans have little that compares with the memory-preservation toolset of the proprietary software world.

That's why the project Thomason has proposed is so interesting.

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