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LinuxPR: Book by Linus in the Works: "JUST FOR FUN: The Story of an Accidental Revolutionary"

Nov 27, 2000, 22:04 (2 Talkback[s])

"HarperBusiness, a division of HarperCollins, has announced they will publish a book by Linus Torvalds, creator of the Linux computer operating system. Torvalds will give an inside account of how he came to write the open-source, freely-distributed Linux code in "JUST FOR FUN: The Story of an Accidental Revolutionary," co-written with David Diamond, to be published by HarperBusiness in 2001."

"JUST FOR FUN: The Story of an Accidental Revolutionary" will combine autobiography, technological insight, and business philosophy in an account of the phenomenal growth of Linux. Now used by over 12 million people, Linux has challenged the hegemony of commercial operating systems and set a standard for open source principles and cooperative development; its success has been driven by a worldwide community of programmers and users who regularly contribute to its refinement. Torvalds himself continues to control the essential "kernel" software, receiving and orchestrating the contributions of a core group of programmers from around the world."

"From his childhood and education in Finland to his commitment in college to the ideal of "free software"; from the early days of Linux development (including the e-mail "flames" from hackers who were opposed to his efforts) to its adoption by technologically-savvy users at Fermilab and NASA; from his consultation work with Intel to his current position with Transmeta, (ironically one of the most secretive companies in Silicon Valley), Torvalds describes the influences, experiences, and philosophy that have driven him to develop and devote himself to the Linux code."

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