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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.
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Interesting read....remind me of my university days (Physics). I often skip lecture and stay in computer room, learn C programming (on 8086 pc). Read morePublished 5 months ago by Cheng Fan Soon
Good insight to the life and mind of Linus Torvalds and a little bit about how the greatest OS was born.Published 6 months ago by Ptah
The Linus Torvalds book is great reading with honest candor. The Inventor, Founder, Maintainer, Giver of the Linux operating system kernel speaks of the motivations, reasons, and... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Viper Pilot
An interesting reading for those looking into the roots of the linux kernelPublished 9 months ago by Miguel Luis Bejarano
Very dated memoir of his personal life. Not as detailed or techie as I would have hoped.Published 10 months ago by Andrew
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 12 months ago by Arizona16
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 12 months 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 15 months ago by mat