Just for Fun: The Story of an Accidental Revolutionary

Just for Fun: The Story of an Accidental Revolutionary

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Just for Fun: The Story of an Accidental Revolutionary by Linus Torvalds, David Diamond

Ten years ago, college student Linus Torvalds retreated to his own computer to write code. He quips, "I couldn't afford software that I liked, so I wrote my own operating system." Not only did he write the operating system, he gave it away and invited other software engineers to improve it.

The rest is history. Today, Torvalds has become the key figure in the open source software movement. The powerful operating system he wrote, Linux, has grown into a major force in the computer industry, while its voluntary development model has made Linux the world's largest collaborative project. Hundreds of the world's best engineers contribute to the improvement of Linux. Over 12 million machines, including many of the servers that power the World Wide Web, now run on Linux, as do the top-of-the-line offerings from such hardware giants as IBM and Compaq.

Just for Fun chronicles Torvalds's amazing life—from his eccentric childhood in Finland, to his gangly, geeky teenage years when his greatest joy was writing programs on his grandfather's VIC-20 computer, to his rise to world-wide fame with Linux. Brimming with Torvalds's candid observations and opinions, this is a must-read for anyone who wants to know where high tech and business are going in the future.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780694525393
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/01/2001
Edition description: Abridged, 4 Cassettes
Product dimensions: 4.28(w) x 6.98(h) x 1.22(d)

About the Author

Linus Torvalds has become one of the most respected hackers within the computer community for creating the Linux operating system in 1991 while a student at the University of Helsinki. Since then, Linux has grown into a project involving thousands of programmers and millions of users worldwide.

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Just for Fun: The Story of an Accidental Revolutionary 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Corfy More than 1 year ago
The first sentence in Chapter one of this autobiography is "I was an ugly child." That right there gives you a good feel for the humor of the book. But it isn't just humorous. It is also an indepth and candid look at the man behind the creation of the least-known yet most-used operating system in the world, Linux, yet told in language that most people should be able to understand without having to be a computer nerd (some places he gets a bit nerdy, but you don't have to be able to keep up with the geekspeak to follow the book).
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FireHazard More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Linux is one of the most important developments of the late 20th century, and this account of how it came about is surprisingly enjoyable. Torvalds and Diamond work well together to produce an easy-to-read, insightful, humorous, and very informative read. I suspect many readers will discover some empathy for Linus' life experiences, as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are two great things about this book: it's the story of one of the finest achievements of the 90s, and it makes me laugh while telling it. Get it, it's too much fun too miss.
Guest More than 1 year ago

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.

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.

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.

Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book Wednesday night (May 9) and had finished reading it by Friday morning; I stayed up until the early hours of Friday reading because I couldn't put it down. The book is highly entertaining and thought provoking. It begins with Linus' thoughts on the meaning of life and ends with an elaboration of his thoughts on the subject. Between these two bookends, Linus discusses such things as life in Finland, coming to the United States, developing the Linux kernel, and the future of Open Source and Free Software. As the book progresses, it focusses less on Linus' life and more on Linux and Open Source. Linus is very witty and entertaining and he makes you enjoy reading about his life. David Diamond also discusses what it is like to be around Linus and even interviews Linus' mother and sister in Finland. I highly recommend this book both for people who are already interested in Linux, and also for those who are just wondering what Linux and Open Source are all about. If you weren't excited about Linux before, you will be after reading this book.