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Code Rush: Full Film

The following documentary from 2000 is about the open-sourcing of the Netscape code base and the Mozilla project which gave birth to Firefox. This played a crucial part of the Internet’s history and I highly recommend you watch it and share it with your friends. The copyright to the film is now available under Creative common licence vers. 3 for anyone to download and use as they wish.

The Film
Code Rush. The year is early 1998, at the height of dot-com era, and a small team of Netscape code writers frantically works to reconstruct the company’s Internet browser. In doing so they will rewrite the rules of software development by giving away the recipe for its browser in exchange for integrating improvements created by outside unpaid developers. The fate of the entire company may well rest on their shoulders. Broadcast on PBS, the film capture the human and technological dramas that unfold in the collision between science, engineering, code, and commerce.

The Project
Under the creative commons license, the producers of Code Rush, which aired in 2000, are making available all the original footage shot for the film, over 100 hours, along with searchable transcripts.