Apr 10, 2008

Open Letter - Please Show Linux Credit at Movie Endings

To: Filmmakers that use GNU/Linux

Dear Respected Filmmaker.

I was recently reading an article about how your company uses the GNU/ Linux Operating System to create movie content. I was happy to learn of this because I myself am a dedicated GNU/Linux user/enthusiast, and I'd like to see GNU/Linux gain more market share so that more people everywhere can enjoy this wonderful software. The truly awesome thing about GNU/Linux is the potential and framework it has to continuously become an even more stellar Operating System for into the future of humanity.

So I'm writing to ask that you give credit to GNU/Linux during the time when the credits roll on films you make with GNU/Linux. I usually see some credit given to lots of things in films(and seemingly weird things sometimes at that), but I don't recall any mention of the GNU/Linux Operating System in films I've seen recently. So, to see a nice little Tux Logo and words, "Made with the GNU/Linux Operating System" would not only pay some much due respect to the great masses of developers(and many others) who make GNU/Linux possible everyday, but would promote the ideals of the "Free as in Freedom" Operating System that is known as GNU/Linux. Perhaps even more people could benefit from GNU/Linux if major filmmakers were to mention it during the credits for films that use it.

Thank you for helping GNU/Linux and promoting freedom for the future of computing technology.

Respectfully,

Shannon VanWagner
Linux Enthusiast and IT Professional
(updated 04-11-8 to include reflect all mention of Linux as GNU/Linux)

Update: The Filmakers Respond
(Looks like only the guys from UK are up to responding so far)
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Dear
Shannon, I am sorry to say your e-mail has not reached its intended recipient as I do not make films, perhaps this should be addressed to someone else? I project films and very rarely do I receive a credit for my work so I appreciate the frustration.

Best wishes for your campaign.

**** ********
The Screening Room at MPC
MPC

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Hi Shannon,

Thank you for your interest on both BUF's work and GNU/Linux community.

Be sure we will consider your suggestion for the next credits. You are totally right, GNU/Linux is a very convenient environment to work with and we really appreciate it. As far as we can include more credits in our coming projects, we will try to add an annotation about GNU/Linux. But you have to know that a company as small as BUF doesn't decide how many lines or space we can use in the credits. Very often the allowed space is proportional to the number of shots in charge to the company, whereas a lot of people were involved. It is very common that we don't have the opportunity to credit all our guys.

Thank you again.

Best regards,

****** ***
Head of R&D

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Dear Shannon,

As a post production company, we focus mainly on visual effects and do make extensive use of GNU/Linux as well as quite a few other open source projects, a large number of closed source commercial software packages and lots of proprietary in-house software. It would be great if we could credit this technology but credits are controlled by the film studios
and they have strict rules about who gets on the official list. Our priority is to make sure the people who work long and hard on each project get a credit before any technology and sadly this is not possible given the limited number of lines we can submit for inclusion.

We do contribute to the open source community in other ways which I believe has more of a direct benefit to the open source community than a film credit that few people will take notice of.

Kind regards,
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**** ******
Chief Technology Officer
MPC