Just for Fun: The Story of an Accidental Revolutionary
i guess i shouldn't be surprised. i had the notion of the "rockstar" shattered many moons ago. in the end, linus is just another guy with flaws just like anyone else. heck, linux wouldn't exist if he hadn't accidentially tried to dial the university of helsinki through /dev/hda1 instead of /dev/tty1.
there's a resiliency and an honesty to him i really like, even if he seems to tr ...more
For a geek like me, it is nice to re-live the history of how computers have changed so much over the last 50 years, and how those changes have affected so many other things.
Back when I was originally learning programming, it was impossible for me to imagine that one could make a career out of it. I did it just for fun. Torvalds was doing the same. Many of the programmers of my age have a sim ...more
As the title claims, this book-length magazine profile of the subject is ...more
So it's highly recommended and deserves nothing less than 5 stars. I noticed that people who give this book less than 5 stars in the reviews are people who mention having different expectations. So clearly, theres nothing wrong with this book, just that people tend to be narcissistic thinking the authors are writing to meet their expect ...more
The book is mainly in 3 parts: Birth of a nerd, Birth of an operating system and King of the ball. I loved reading the first two parts where Linus talks about Finland, early life with his family, introduction to computers, birth of...more
It combines the (early) life of Linus Torvalds and the development of Linux (how could they be separated?). What I admire most about Linus is his single-mindedness, his lack of duplicity: he doesn't pretend, he tells it like it is. I don't necessarily admire how he says it but at least you can be sure he's not lying.
This book has a chapter on programming in which Linus tries to explain what makes programming so special. To the non-programmer this will not make sense. I think o ...more
He is all praise for open source (as expected). No focus on many / any flaws.
But then he also calls himself an asshole and an inconsiderate bastard and makes fun of his own nose (after the nth occurrence of his nose I actually wasted 5 minutes of my life looking up Google images and found a perfectly fine nose on Linus's face assuming those are his photographs).
All in all a very entertaining read. Maybe inspiring too. ...more
What is interesting is how he decided to give his creation away for free and not monetise it and his opinions on this. His predictions for the future (and given that this was written some time ago) came remarkabl ...more
The most important impact of the Linux story is the potential productivity of a motivated decentralised force that have a shared objective under an open software development mind set. The socioeconomic impact of this success is still playing out today and will continue to do so with all sorts of opportunities and contradictory failu ...more
A page turner for the beginning half, then loses steam a bit but continues to have some interesting bits thrown in the latter part as well, still making ...more
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Let me rephrase that. Much ofLinux's success can be attributed to my own personality flaws: 1) I'm lazy; and 2) I like to get credit for the work of others.”