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Just for Fun
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4 89102 08-02-2004
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75% of reviewers $14.95 7.8

Once upon a time Linus Torvalds was a skinny unknown, just another nerdy Helsinki techie who had been fooling around with computers since childhood. Then he wrote a groundbreaking operating system and distributed it via the Internet -- for free. Today Torvalds is an international folk hero. And his creation LINUX is used by over 12 million people as well as by companies such as IBM.

Now, in a narrative that zips along with the speed of e-mail, Torvalds gives a history of his renegade software while candidly revealing the quirky mind of a genius. The result is an engrossing portrayal of a man with a revolutionary vision, who challenges our values and may change our world.
Keywords: Linus Torvalds Linux
Publisher: HarperBusiness
ISBN: 0066620732

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Old 02-10-2004, 02:25 PM   #1
Registered: Jun 2003
Distribution: Ubuntu, Gentoo, Debian
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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8

Pros: A humorous and entertaining read

A must-read for anyone who's ever wondered what on earth would posess someone to write an operating system.

Linus divulges details of what was going on behind the scenes during crucial stages of Linux development - apparently, a lot of dark closets and dry pasta. Besides his philosophy on the meaning of life, readers are given insights into Linus' family, heritage and ethics.

A fine depictment of the hacker whose creation surprised no one more than himself.
Old 03-01-2004, 09:03 AM   #2
Registered: Sep 2003
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Would you recommend the product? no | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 6

Pros: Light reading, entertaining sometimes
Cons: Too superficial

I read the excellent "Rebel Code" and thought that reading "Just for Fun" would be a nice idea, to know more about Linux and its author through his own words. The problem is that Linus and the journalist who helped him failed to make the book interesting, so it becomes a sequence of chapters like "yeah I needed a new driver for my modem, so...well I did it"

In one page he's doing Linux version 0.01 alone in his bedroom in Helsinki, 15 pages later he's talking about having 10 million users, and leaves no clue HOW it happened, or who was involved (guys like Dave Miller and Alan Cox, so important to the Linux community, didn't get one single mention)

So if you want to really understand not only WHAT happened but HOW it happened, I recommend "Rebel Code" instead. It covers not only Linux and Linux, but the whole open-source movement.
Old 04-10-2004, 07:10 PM   #3
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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8

Pros: good read, entertaining
Cons: serious mistakes

Nice book, telling much about Linus and his view on Linux.

If you're searching for a book that describes WHY everything happened, that's not the right book for you. If you'd like to know more about Linus and why he started writing what was later called Linux and have a good time, read it.

What may be annoying for some people, narration goes back and forth, but years are mentioned.

Warning: there are serious mistakes like calling Apache a disto.
Old 08-02-2004, 04:38 PM   #4
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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: $14.95 | Rating: 9

Pros: written by Linus
Cons: not enough Linux development info

This book is mostly about Linus and his life. The book emphasizes on his childhood and the years spent developing the core parts of the Linux kernel. The book is a good biography on Linus but it doesn't have enough details about the development of the Linux kernel. Howerver, many topics are covered for such a small book.


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