“Free­dom is the right of all sen­tient beings.” — Opti­mus Prime

This one throw­away line in the new Trans­form­ers film is in fact homage to the orig­i­nal Trans­form­ers series. As obser­vant read­ers of this blog may have noticed, I am quite a fan of the Trans­form­ers mul­ti­verse, par­tic­u­lar­ly of the 1986 ani­mat­ed film (amongst oth­er things, it has an awe­some sound­track and some great vocal work). Opti­mus Prime was a child­hood hero of mine, so this mot­to has always struck a chord with me.

It also makes me won­der, if the Auto­bots are such strong advo­cates of free­dom, are they them­selves pro­grammed with Free Soft­ware? Con­verse­ly, are the Decep­ti­cons pro­pri­etary?

 

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