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Linux Magazine: Linus Biography Lots of "Fun"

Aug 11, 2001, 17:31 (2 Talkback[s])
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"Many geeks in their early 30s who lived through the Golden Age of personal computing will probably tell you that they remember the timeline of their lives not by the people they met, nor by the places they visited, but rather, by which computers they owned and worked with. Such is the story of Linus Torvalds, icon to the unwashed masses of the open source software community.

Just For Fun: The Story of an Accidental Revolutionary chronicles the events leading up to Linus's emergence as hero of the OSS movement. The story takes us from his beginnings as a hacker sitting on his grandfather's lap programming BASIC on a VIC-20 in a small Helsinki apartment, to a brief stint in the Finnish army, through his university years (all seven of them), and his migration to Silicon Valley. The book is a candid personal account, replete with many funny anecdotes about his life, his world, and the people who affected him. Of course, the entire story is told with Linus's unique brand of self-deprecating humor and keen observations.

Linus's narrative is interspersed with personal accounts from the book's co-author, David Diamond (an Executive Editor for Red Herring magazine). He provides valuable third-party insight into what makes Linus tick, and how like a fish out of water (or a deer in the headlights, depending on how you interpret it) Linus adapted himself to the fast-paced life of Silicon Valley."

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