The Code DVD was released on the 3rd of November 2003 via
Pan Vision. It contains about four hours of footage and a separate soundtrack album on CD.

Hannu Puttonen, the director of The Code, tells about the DVD package:

”DVD offers a great opportunity for a film-maker to widen his or her scope, so to speak. The core film is only one part of the package, while the special features can deepen the vision. DVD is an especially interesting option for documentary projects. Often one shoots a lof of material which ends up on the cutting room´s floor or is deleted. Within a DVD context a film-maker can create interesting links, associations and allegories with the ”linear” film version. With The Code this is achieved via a three-hour interview section, four short films, a possibility to navigate hypertextually within the film, and with a musical re-mix of the subject.”


    · Scene access
    · Interactive menus
    · Hypertext Mix
    · Four accompanying short films
    · Interviews (3 h)
    · Separate soundtrack album ”Music From The Code”
    Major features include English and Finnish subtitles.


    The Films

  • · The Code (59 min)
  • · Swansea Calling (15 min) Portrait of Alan Cox and Telsa Gwynne.
  • · Richard Stallman Plays Bulgarian Folk Songs On Flute (5 min)
  • · The Launching of Linux 1.0 (6 min) Shot by Nils Torvalds in 1994.
  • · Meet Helsinki University´s Computer Science Department (5 min)
  • The Interviews

    Linus Torvalds, Richard Stallman, Eric Raymond, Robert ’Bob’ Young, Jon ’maddog’ Hall, David S. Miller, Theodore Ts´o, Miguel de Icaza, Andrew Leonard, Eric Allman, Andy Hertzfeld, Larry Augustin and Momus.

    DVD design & construction is by New Wave Media Inc./
    Tommi Tikka, Jari Sajankoski

    KERNEL: Music From The Code

    Total time: 42:23

    Soundtrack compiled by Pertti Grönholm / Valimo Productions

    Soundtrack concept by Hannu Puttonen

    Executive producer: Kaarle Aho / Making Movies

    Mastered at Valimo Productions in Turku, Finland

    by Pertti Grönholm and Jouni Pusa


  • 1. Summer 1991
  • 2. Southbound Vertigo Parkway
  • 3. The Evil Empire
  • 4. About The Values
  • 5. Free Software Song
  • 6. Ballad of Linus Torvalds
  • 7. Web of Trust
  • 8. The Linus´s Law of Motivation
  • 9. The Tribe
  • 10. Warezz
  • 11. Memory of Linux
  • 12. Ghost of the Valley
  • 13. Free Software Jingle
  • Hannu Puttonen on the soundtrack album that doesn´t actually contain much of the music used in the film:
  • ”This soundtrack album ’Music From The Code’ is a vital part of the whole DVD package. It was compiled by Pertti Grönholm, who wrote the score for the film. While editing the film, we used much less music in the end than we originally thought. Then, in December 2001, we released a three song EP called Ballad of Linus Torvalds, by the band called Kernel on the Stupido Twins label… It even sold some copies. Because there were a lot of unused music and ideas for new tracks too, we thought it was only natural to continue the artistic life of the incomparable within the film, and with a musical re-mix of the subject.”

    “Pertti Grönholm (Corporate 09, Dystopia, Kytkös) compiled the album, wrote most of the music, and handled most of the production job as well. He juxtaposed verbal fragments from Linus Torvalds, Richard Stallman and Eric Raymond. All three are rhetorically talented and born to visit on spoken word tracks. Stallman´s classic anthem Free Software Song found a new musical form during the process.”

    “Tuomo Puranen (ex-Op:l Bastards) and Brandi Ifgray (Shadowplay) wrote music for three songs, while Brandi also offered his loureedish vocal output on those tracks. The critically acclaimed Scottish-cosmopolitan songwriter Momus alias Nicholas Currie wrote lyrics for Ballad of Linus Torvalds, in the individual style he has mastered on his own records since 1985. The Finnish poet Jöns Hallanaho wrote lyrics on the mental landscape of the Silicon Valley, which are heard on both Southbound Vertigo Parkway and Ghost of the Valley.”

    “The motion graphics designer for The Code, Otso Pakarinen (Ozone Player), is one of the Finnish pioneers of computer-based music, and has commented the age of the computer culture on his records. It was more than suitable to ask him to add his contribution to this record.”

    “The result is a versatile soundtrack album. As it should be. The whole free software / open source movement is a colourful, debating and competing tribe, consisting of many hacker generations. We hope this record makes some justice to all of this.”