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Just for Fun

The Story of An Accidental Revolutionary

Book - 2001
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Once upon a time Linus Torvalds was a skinny unknown, just another nerdy Helsinki techie who had been fooling around with computers since childhood. Then he wrote a groundbreaking operating system and distributed it via the Internet -- for free. Today Torvalds is an international folk hero. And his creation LINUX is used by over 12 million people as well as by companies such as IBM.Now, in a narrative that zips along with the speed of e-mail, Torvalds gives a history of his renegade software while candidly revealing the quirky mind of a genius. The result is an engrossing portrayal of a man with a revolutionary vision, who challenges our values and may change our world.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2001.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780066620725
0066620724
Branch Call Number: 005/.1092/Torva 6173mb 1
Characteristics: xxii, 262 p.
Additional Contributors: Diamond, David

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MrAureliusR
Apr 26, 2013

Quite a good read for any interested in Linux! I've been a fan of open source software for years, Linux in particular, and it's great to hear about it's humble beginnings! An amazing story, appropriate for any interested in computers, 16 and up, 12 and up if your 12-year-old is mature enough to appreciate some adult humor (nothing sexual or dirty, just some lewd references and some minor swearing). Growing up in Finland makes Linus Torvalds cut off from the computing world to a large degree -- books, software and hardware all take a long time to arrive there. After purchasing his very own Sinclair QL (a computer that wasn't very popular, even in 1983 when it was released) and finding out that there was little software available for it, Linus started writing his own programs for it to read mail on his university server. However, after discovering how great the UNIX operating system was after taking a course about it at school, he starts to write his own version of UNIX for his home computer as a project in his spare time (which, during the long, cold Finnish winters, he had much of). Secretly, he called it Linux but thought it sounded too egotistical, so publicly he labelled it as Freax. However, when it came time to actually upload the first version of Linux (0.01) his friend who hosted the files for him put Linux as the title of the folder, and the name stuck. Within a couple years, thousands of developers and even more users around the world were sending hundreds of postcards a week to his home to thank him for his work, leading to his family finally cluing in that all that time Linus spent in his room really WAS changing something in the computer world. Ten years later, Linus Torvalds writes this book about his experiences developing the Linux OS and then finding himself thrust into the spotlight. From sitting on his grandfather's lap entering programs for him to speaking in front of thousands of people about an OS he wrote from scratch with limited resources and even more limited knowledge, this book takes the reader on a fabulous journey of uber-geekdom! Highly recommended for all nerds and the technologically-challenged, alike.

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Apr 26, 2013

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Apr 26, 2013

Quite a good read for any interested in Linux! I've been a fan of open source software for years, Linux in particular, and it's great to hear about it's humble beginnings! An amazing story, appropriate for any interested in computers, 16 and up, 12 and up if your 12-year-old is mature enough to appreciate some adult humor (nothing sexual or dirty, just some lewd references and some minor swearing). Growing up in Finland makes Linus Torvalds cut off from the computing world to a large degree -- books, software and hardware all take a long time to arrive there. After purchasing his very own Sinclair QL (a computer that wasn't very popular, even in 1983 when it was released) and finding out that there was little software available for it, Linus started writing his own programs for it to read mail on his university server. However, after discovering how great the UNIX operating system was after taking a course about it at school, he starts to write his own version of UNIX for his home computer as a project in his spare time (which, during the long, cold Finnish winters, he had much of). Secretly, he called it Linux but thought it sounded too egotistical, so publicly he labelled it as Freax. However, when it came time to actually upload the first version of Linux (0.01) his friend who hosted the files for him put Linux as the title of the folder, and the name stuck. Within a couple years, thousands of developers and even more users around the world were sending hundreds of postcards a week to his home to thank him for his work, leading to his family finally cluing in that all that time Linus spent in his room really WAS changing something in the computer world. Ten years later, Linus Torvalds writes this book about his experiences developing the Linux OS and then finding himself thrust into the spotlight. From sitting on his grandfather's lap entering programs for him to speaking in front of thousands of people about an OS he wrote from scratch with limited resources and even more limited knowledge, this book takes the reader on a fabulous journey of uber-geekdom! Highly recommended for all nerds and the technologically-challenged, alike.

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