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Old 01-04-2021, 11:25 PM   #1
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Talking Fictional works about free software?


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I've been watching some classic cyberpunk movies. But there doesn't seem to be any that has to do with FOSS, at least for the ones listed on wikipedia. I wonder if there's any work (movies, literature, etc.) that has to do with it.
 
Old 01-05-2021, 01:23 AM   #2
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Not sure if this is in the spirit of what you're asking, but Jurassic Park famously has the "this is a UNIX-like system!" line, although I believe that was specifically IRIX (which isn't/wasn't exactly FOSS). If I remember right also the 'screengrabs' from Elysium are vaguely linux/BSD-esque, with a hefty helping of 'hollywood OS' (I mean, it *is* set something like 200 years in the future...).

I'm not sure of any movie (or book) that's specfically about FOSS or FOSS developers that isn't a documentary/biopic/non-fiction. If you don't mind it being non-fiction, I'm aware of two books:
For Fun and For Profit - https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/fun-and-profit
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Two Bits - https://twobits.net/ (which is, itself, released under a CC licence and is 'open source' - you can download it directly from its website)
 
Old 01-05-2021, 04:00 AM   #3
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It depends a little what you want - FOSS appearing in a work of fiction, FOSS being mentioned in a work of fiction, or the concept of FOSS playing a role in a work of fiction?

Obviously and prominently Mr Robot comes to mind, using real Linux OS and pentesting software.
Neal Stephenson wrote a text called "In the Beginning was the Command Line" that mentions Open Source, and I'm sure it plays a role in some of his novels one way or another.
Sherlock Holmes of the "Elementary" TV show mentions Malbolge.
Etc....


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Jurassic Park famously has the "this is a UNIX-like system!" line
...and there's a sub-reddit of that name with screenshots of Computer systems (often Linux) doing nonsensical things in various films and shows. Example.
 
Old 01-05-2021, 08:19 AM   #4
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Neal Stephenson also wrote "Snow Crash" which is cyberpunkish and about hackers - I haven't read it in years but now I have to to see if it mentions anything about FOSS.
 
Old 01-05-2021, 08:54 AM   #5
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The title doesn't come to mind at the moment, but there was a movie, might have been a TV show, that had a couple of scenes where books on the subject and a Linux distribution "retail box" were prominently displayed on a bookshelf.

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Old 01-05-2021, 11:31 AM   #6
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Well, I already know those two, but thanks for the info of the books. Will look into it.

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I should change the thread title. It would be "the concept of FOSS playing a role in a work of fiction." e.g. I'm thinking about something like people fighting evil megacorporation or big brother state with free software. Or something depicting how the future world might become with big tech's dominance.
I'll definitely check out Neal Stephenson as sevendogsbsd also mentions it.
btw I couldn't find that subreddit. Do you have the link to that? Thanks!

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Old 01-05-2021, 11:45 AM   #7
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There's a near-future SF trilogy by Ramez Naam about a drug called nexus which causes carbon nanofibres to crystallise out in the brain. Apparently these can act as wifi aerials (I don't know if there's any truth in that) and the drug was used originally to produce a transient ecstatic group mind.

A couple of scientists start investigating nexus as a possible brain interface for disability aids and discover that the network has some spare capacity in its signal bandwidth. So, once they have figured out the brain's machine code, they install an open source OS on nexus. The OS is fictitious but it's obviously intended to be Linux.
 
Old 01-05-2021, 03:32 PM   #8
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I should change the thread title. It would be "the concept of FOSS playing a role in a work of fiction." e.g. I'm thinking about something like people fighting evil megacorporation or big brother state with free software.
Are you aware of Mr Robot?
Maybe you should watch it, this sounds like a summary.
 
Old 01-05-2021, 07:57 PM   #9
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...and there's a sub-reddit of that name with screenshots of Computer systems (often Linux) doing nonsensical things in various films and shows. Example.
That screenshot is pretty bad...

The '3D filesystem' thing in Jurassic Park was, oddly enough, real (SGI's fsn), and I found a clone that's available for linux: http://fsv.sourceforge.net/

@hazel: that sounds a little like Ghost in the Shell...
 
Old 01-06-2021, 09:36 AM   #10
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That screenshot is pretty bad...
Right! That's why I kept it.
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The '3D filesystem' thing in Jurassic Park was, oddly enough, real
I once tested something similar: a Linux desktop environment where you were constantly zooming into or out of folders, navigating with your arrow keys. Don't remember the name, something with Eagle eye I think...
 
Old 01-06-2021, 10:52 AM   #11
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Thanks! Will check out the book.

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Really? Then I must watch it.
Also, that DE you mention sound really cool! If only someone would know the name, tho.

Well, I still wonder if there's any fiction that explicitly features free software.
 
Old 01-06-2021, 03:43 PM   #12
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btw I couldn't find that subreddit. Do you have the link to that? Thanks!
The quote was wrong - correct version is "It's a UNIX system. I know this."

Putting that into a search engine reveals https://old.reddit.com/r/itsaunixsystem/
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Welcome to "It's a Unix System!" A subreddit for every over the top, satirical, embarrassing, or downright, flat-out incorrect usage of Technology found in Movies, TV Shows, and Video Games!
 
Old 01-07-2021, 08:37 AM   #13
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The quote was wrong - correct version is "It's a UNIX system. I know this."

Putting that into a search engine reveals https://old.reddit.com/r/itsaunixsystem/


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