Video: Former Microsoftie making ‘Software Wars’ movie

Break out the popcorn: A new crowdfunding campaign, launched overnight, aims to raise $150,000 to complete a movie about the open-source software movement and the “war for freedom” against the world of proprietary software.

Keith Curtis

The main producer is Keith Curtis, a Seattle-based author and programmer who spent 11 years at Microsoft before being converted to the world of Linux and open-source software. The movie is based on a portion of Curtis’ book, “After the Software Wars,” but he’s working on the project with an extensive virtual team out of L.A.

He says the goal is to make a film that’s engaging and informative for geeks, but also approachable and interesting to everyone else.

Check out the trailer above, including snippets of interviews with Linus Torvalds and other key players from the open-source software movement.

Here’s the synopsis from the IndieGoGo campaign page

The average computer user is unaware there is a war for freedom going on that will determine the path of modern society. Software Wars is a movie about the battle for our right to share technology and ideas.

This software will not be “owned” by corporations like Microsoft, Apple, and Google, who are mostly impeding technological progress. (Google supports efforts such as Linux via Android, but their AI code in Google Now, language translation and driverless cars are not built in an open way.)

The software we need will be built by a global community, taking on problems too big for any one company or team to even understand. We should have been working together all along, but it is necessary now for the few big problems that remain.

Greater use of free and open source software and the ideas in this movie will lead to faster progress on the Linux desktop, improve the way children learn math, build computers that think, decode DNA, and more. The movie’s experts explain what is possible, and the audience decides what happens.

The campaign runs through Jan. 17. The funds will be used to finish the interviews and complete production. Perks for contributors include digital downloads, a Blu-ray version, and tickets to the premier (estimated June 2013) in Seattle or Los Angeles.

  • http://www.timacheson.com/ Tim Acheson

    So, another anti-Microsoft campaign from the open-source fanatics, which is in reality little more than a self-promotion campaign for a spurious guy who wants to sell his book.

    It’s an excellent strategy, because enemies of Microsoft are a small but extremely vocal community backed by the corporate might of Google.

    https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups=#!topic/comp.os.linux.advocacy/87AajKjmwa8%5B1-25%5D

    • Guest

      Like we need to feel sorry for Microsoft. The thing is that this vocal community created the free software which powers the Internet and most people’s on-line lives. You benefited from their work too because Geekwire runs on Apache and Nginx – free Open Source webserver software. If you have not figured it out yet: Open is good, closed & proprietary are not. Microsoft will never be Open, they will never let their locked-in customers go, they will never stray from proprietary. Their only interest seems to be sucking as much money out of their customers are possible instead of providing Open and Standards based solutions the market wants (seen their recent price increases?). That’s why SIP is the king of VoIP and not some proprietary Skype protocol, that’s why Microsoft is irrelevant in the on-line world, that’s why they are irrelevant in the mobile space, that’s why they only have some nineties cash cows left. It seems you missed the memo: there is no anti-Microsoft campaign. Just smart business decisions which ICT solutions to choose when it needs to scale, be secure, cost-efficient and perform great. Apparently the market feels that Open & Standards based solutions are the better choice. And if you call people from the F/OSS world “fanatics” then I sure have met a lot of Microsoft fanatics.

    • Carling

      Tim
      Acheson

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      So, another anti-Microsoft campaign
      from the open-source fanatics,

      Answer

      Tim what a pity you can’t see or
      understand what open-source stands for,

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      because enemies of Microsoft are a
      small but extremely vocal community

      Answer

      I would do your research into your so
      called small but extremely vocal community

      Every persons life in the modern world
      depends on Free Open Source Software including you.

      You might use windows on your computer but when you go on the net your using open-source Everything in your home is run on open-source, Fridge, Microwave, Washer, TV, Just do a web search for Linux Foundation Members, It might open your eyes to who supports and develops Open Source,
      Quote
      backed by the corporate might of Google.
      Answer
      Google is no better than Microsoft and Apple, They are trying to control their users on the back of Open Source
      Free thinking people have had enough of being controlled by the corporates.
      Be my guest you stick with MS and let them control you and your computer, One day you might wake up

      • http://www.timacheson.com/ Tim Acheson

        “Tim what a pity you can’t see or understand what open-source stands for”

        I do, I’ve both used/implemented and contributed to open source projects. I appreciate the role that they can play under the right circumstances. However, this article is not really about open source, except as a trendy buzzword to hijack for self-promotion purposes.

        “Every persons life in the modern world depends on Free Open Source Software including you.”

        No, that’s grossly exaggerating the value of open-source. Please at least attempt to explain what you mean and cite some sources for your very bold statement.

    • Jeko

      In essence it’s a movie/book about the values of open development versus closed proprietary development models. Reducing this to an anti-Microsoft campaign is just another blindfolded opinion.

      • http://www.timacheson.com/ Tim Acheson

        “Reducing this to an anti-Microsoft campaign is just”

        It is an anti-Microsoft campaign, and indeed will owe any significant success to this trendy ideology.

        However, that’s NOT what I reduce it to. I reduce it to a self-promotion campaign for selling a book, piggybacking on the trendy but flawed anti-Microsoft bandwagon.

        • http://twitter.com/UgglyBabee blackbelt_jones

          When you haven’t used Windows for ten years, it sort of ceases to be an anti-microsoft thing. I’ve never used Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8, so what could I possibly have to say about these things?

    • http://twitter.com/UgglyBabee blackbelt_jones

      A spurious guy? You mean he’s not a real guy? Is he a hologram?

      • http://www.timacheson.com/ Tim Acheson

        I said “spurious guy who wants to sell his book”

        I.e. Spurious because his motives undermine his credibility; and indeed this issue is exacerbated by the implicit flaws in what he said.

        Dictionary:

        “Spurious” (adjective)

        spu·ri·ous

        1. Not being what it purports to be; false or fake
        - separating authentic and spurious claims

        2. (of a line of reasoning) Apparently but not actually valid
        - this spurious reasoning results in nonsense

  • http://www.christopherbudd.com Christopher Budd

    I admit I’m a bit disappointed. From the headline I was thinking/hoping someone was making a successor to the old “Hardware Wars” parody from the ’70s:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ymFxkFfIhU

    Somehow I think that would be more fun than another round of tech religious wars.

  • http://twitter.com/MediaCastleX Mike E. Delta

    “Sounds like a buncha hippie-commie, mumbo-jumbo ta me!” said the crazy, old codger… =p

    • bjd

      Yes, and that’s what’s so sympathetic about it all.

    • http://twitter.com/UgglyBabee blackbelt_jones

      People are always going on about Linux hippies. We do have Richard Stallman, who sort of fits the description, though you better call him a GNU/Linux Hippie or there may be trouble. Still, I’ve been using Linux for ten years, and take it from me, the user rank and file is replete with Libertarian Second Amendment enthusiasts. On average, you wouldn’t believe how well armed we are.