Free Software Documentary “Software Wars” in Need of Support


“Software Wars” is an in-development documentary by Keith Curtis, based on his 2009 book of the same name. It’s a look at how free and open source software can make our world a better place, and the possibilities that are available to us by abandoning closed source proprietary systems and working together towards an open technological society:

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, finally build computers that think, decode DNA, and more. The movie’s experts explain what is possible, and the audience decides what happens.

While some in the community have expressed some doubt about the film’s militaristic stance, it’s certainly a very exciting premise. The free and open source software community could use a modern and professional film to help explain and spread its ideals, as 2001’s “Revolution OS” is starting to look pretty dated.

But unfortunately, the indiegogo campaign for “Software Wars” is in desperate need of some support, having only raised $5,600 of its $150,000 goal with only 15 days remaining. While they’re a very long way off from their goal, remember that indiegogo campaigns get funded regardless of whether or not the goal was met; so there’s no reason to be shy even if it looks like the campaign will fall short.

Community interest for the film is certainly there, as the trailer has already been viewed over 14,000 times on YouTube, but this project is going to take a bit more than just interest to get it off the ground.

If you think the FOSS community could use some high profile advertisement, spread the word and help “Software Wars” become a reality.

Source | Indiegogo – Software Wars

About Tom Nardi

Tom is a Network Engineer with focus on GNU/Linux and open source software. He is a frequent submitter to "2600", and maintains a personal site of his projects and areas of research at: .