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Just For Fun: The Story of an Accidental Revolutionary Paperback – 9 Nov 2002

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Texere Publishing; New edition edition (9 Nov. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587991519
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587991516
  • Package Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.2 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,015,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In 1991, at the age of 21, Linus Torvalds, then a student at Helsinki University, sat down in his mother's apartment and wrote the powerful Linux operating system. Perhaps even more astounding than his programming prowess is what Torvalds did with it: he gave it away - free! The Linux operating system became available to anyone who wanted to download it. Instead of money, Torvalds asked people for suggestions to improve the system. Thus emerged the free software movement (known today as "Open Source") and an operating system that is more powerful and stable than anything that Microsoft can offer. As well as becoming a computer genius, Torvalds became Bill Gates' number one enemy. Today, LINUX is exploding on to the market, and its creator is a household name. Linus Torvalds is already a folk hero within the technolgy world, often mobbed at trade shows and forever asked to give interviews by the media. But Torvalds is a most unlikely celebrity: a family man, he lives in a cramped house in Santa Clara with his wife, Tove, a Finnish karate champion, and their two daughters. He claims to this day that he invented LINUX "just for fun".

About the Author

Linus Torvalds was born in Finland and graduated from the University of Helsinki. He is the creator of the LINUX operating system and head of the Open Source movement. He presently works as a programmer at Transmeta Corp, a secretive company that designs cutting-edge microchips. He lives with his wife - the six-times karate champion of Finland - and children in Santa Clara, California. David Diamond has written regularly for publications such as The New York Times, Business Week and Wired. He is executive editor of Red Herring magazine and lives in Kentfield, California with his wife and daughter.

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