FUD is an abreviation for Fear Uncertainty and Doubt. The term FUD was first defined by Gene Amdahl, after he left IBM in 1970 to found his own company. He described FUD as the fear, uncertainty and doubt that IBM sales people installed in the mind of potential customers who might be considering competitors' equipement or software. The new hackers dictionary edited by Eric Raymond describes this tactic as "good things will happen to people who stuck to IBM, but dark shadows loomed over the future of competitors' equipement or software". The term FUD is now used in many contexts. The new hackers dictionary defines this general usage as any kind of desinformation used as a competitive weapon. For example in politics, this tactic is often employed in an attempt to alter public opinion about a particular issue or opposition group (also see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fear,_uncertainty_and_doubt).
There are all kind of groups/communities: family, basketball team, corporation, country/society. This movie is about capturing the "actuality" of open source communities/groups and establishing a link between Open Source communities and "communities/groups" of our daily life. This movie shall encourage people to ask themselves questions like why do communities exist at all, what makes them work, what keeps them stable. What are the incentives for an individual to colaborate and what are the emotions an individual is living through. How does one become a citizen respectively commiter/member. How do the laws of groups depend on human nature and vice versa. How do the laws depend on the environment we are living in. How can a democracy become a dictatorship. And what if the dictatorship is friendly. And why are surpreme beings respectively gods being created or invented. The fundamental questions of colaboration of people within groups are being elaborated in relation to Open Source communities, but with a link to other groups/communities/societies. The movie does not want to explain, but capture the moment (Years 2004/2005). The Open Source/Free Software Movement is changing rapidly. In about 10 to 20 years people will have forgotton what the fuzz was all about.
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