OK, perhaps "story" in the traditional sense of the term is stretching it a bit. This whole book is more like a series of e-mails, an exercise in textual communication for someone more used to code language than conversation: choppy sentences packed into short paragraphs, and sometimes just one-liners. The pace is fast, but the quippy tone can get somewhat tiring, though it definitely suits the portrayal of a computer-dominated life. And like an e-mail conversation, the tense often changes, the topics jump back and forth, and the narrators occasionally change, mostly alternating between the Linux man himself and Red Herring executive editor David Diamond, who convinced the difficult-to-pin-down Torvalds to write his story (or at least allow Diamond to poke, prod, and pull it out of him, all the while giving his own impressions and interpretations). But Torvald's tale contains enough informative and entertaining tidbits--on growing up in dark, strangely silent but communication-gadget-obsessed Finland (which boasts more cell phones per capita than anywhere else), on what makes passionate code writers tick, on making the transition from unknown computer geek to world-famous computer geek, on the convergence of technology and ideology, on his work for Transmeta and involvement (or lack thereof) with all the players worth mentioning in Silicon Valley - to keep more than just computer programmers engrossed in his story. For the latter, of course, Just for Fun will be required reading.
If you pick up this book as a geek's guide to the meaning of life (which, believe it or not, Torvalds does ramble on about at the beginning and the end), then you're in for a bit of a shallow take on the whole thing. But if you're interested in the idea of technological development as a global team sport, and how a nerdy Finnish transplant to California got the whole game going in the first place, check out Linus's story... just for fun, of course. --S. Ketchum --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is a very funny and informative book. Much of the material has to deal with technical issues, such as Linus describing how he implemented multiprocessing on his Sinclair... Read morePublished 1 month ago by top6PercentOfClass
Linus tells his story from the heart. From being a college student living at home spending inordinate amount of time staring into a computer screen (and little time doing much else... Read morePublished 1 month ago by David Kopec
I have really liked this book (I'm actually listening to the audiobook which is very high quality), it's a chilling book, relaxing pace, with interesting themes, such as what... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mateo Cuervo
This is a a great book about Linus Torvalds. It's easy to read, informative and entertaining. I highly recommend it.Published 6 months ago by D. Watkins
The book was both funny and informative. It shows some of the early history of linux while giving a the reader a view into Linus personal life. Read morePublished 8 months ago by ccscanf
Great book overall. Gives you a whole new apreciation for GNU/Linux. Fun and relatively easy read. Some of the more technical stuff can be a challenge to fallow, but you can learn... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jacob Lamar
This book was a mixed bag.
The content itself was somewhat interesting, offering insight into Linus' views and past. Read more