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Just for Fun: The Story of an Accidental Revolutionary

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  • Posted October 27, 2008

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    The man behind the penguin.

    This book is a great read if you wanted to know more about the man behind the greatest free OS in the world. You'll read about how Linus grew up as a child and how his little side project became the powerful GNU/Linux that it is today. It's a fun read and and even funny. If you are a GNU/Linux fan then I would recommend you read this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2004


    In Just for Fun, Linus Torvalds, the Finnish creator of the Linux operating system, mixes his personal story, told in both narrative and e-mail dispatches, with the saga of his development of the Linux operating system. Torvalds¿ personal account makes the book fascinating. He began as a self-proclaimed nerd who labored to create an operating system in his garage and eventually became the head of the world¿s largest open source project. By requiring buyers and licensees to keep the Linux source code open, Torvalds assures the continued technological evolution of his system. The episodic nature of the book makes it choppy, the technical descriptions are hard for the uninitiated to track and co-writer David Diamond¿s digressions are revealing about Torvalds¿ personal life, but a little disruptive. Even so, we recommend this entertaining, interesting book that may even lead you to consider using Linux on your computer, whether or not you are another self-proclaimed computer nerd.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2001

    Excellent book, a good read just for fun!

    <p> This is a very good book. I am a little biased, having been a Linux user from way back, but this really is a fun read. If you are a fan of Linux, Open Source Software, or would like an inside view of what makes 'The Man,' Linus Torvalds tick. Even if you do not fit into one of these categories, this is still a very well done book. </p> <p> It starts with an introspective look at Linus' life (I must admit the whole 'biography' thing is odd, because he is still such a young man), which is something that has not been covered much beyond the... A young Finnish college student makes his own version of Minix/Unix for free and distributes it on the internet. Then the book goes into the Linux operating system itself and the underlying ideology. </p> <p> I give it four stars simply because it is a little early to do the auto/biography thing. I do think it is a well written book, but it feels a little rushed and unpolished. It is a fun read just for fun, and is worthy of your time and money. </p>

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