Just for Fun: The Story of an Accidental Revolutionary (Anglais) Broché – 4 juin 2002
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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.
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Linus Torvalds was born in Finland. He graduated from the University of Helsinki and lives with his wife, the six-time karate champion of Finland, and his children. Linus currently works as a programmer on several projects for Transmeta.
David Diamond has written regularly for such publications 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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On y découvre comment Linus s'est pris de passion pour la programmation informatique dans ses jeunes années et pleins d'autres choses. Très prenant et bien écrit, on y découvre un Linus qui sait écrire autre chose que le code de son noyau Linux !
Le livre étant en anglais, il nécessite quand même quelques bonnes notions d'anglais pour bien tout comprendre. Recommandé à ceux s'intéressent à l'histoire de l'informatique, à la programmation et aux systèmes d'exploitation Unix-like.
It's the story of how the world collaborates to create this complex program. Linus Torvald received lots of credits for "managing" this.
This book describes how he worked for years and why he made decisions like Open Source ...
LINUX wasn't created overnight, it took lots of work from many people.
mais je le savais déjà et cela n'est pas une surprise.
Sinon, livre intéressant, lecture facile........ même pour les gens qui s'intéreseent à l'informatique que de très loin.
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Today there is no Apple Computers support for Apple IIe hardware. Then there is NTS's Operators Supervisor computer system with the ancient Intel 8086 inside the IBM's PS/2 system and that has no IBM support. Along comes Linux, presently Linux has run on Intel processors as far back as the 80386, 80486, 80501, 80552, as far back as AMD K5, K6-II, K6-III, as far back as Cyrix C3 (ancient processors, but they still have their uses). Linux runs all many calculators, some deep space telescope clockdrives, Tunneling LASERs for the Electronic Microscopes, MRI diagnostic machines at hospitals, etc. Yes, Linus Torvalds spent eight years of his life re-coding the UNIX operating system and then giving it to this world so that that "User" average can have his cake and eat it. All this without cost to the User.
With the popularity of Linux increasing (today there are over 37,840+ distributions, variants, editions, and versions of Linux, many are still classified) its reach widens every year, from controlling toys, communication devices, plastic surgery, drones, hyper-technologies, quantum relativity research, IBM's Quantum processors, Honda's on board automotive GPS, many automobiles, trucks, RVs, snowmobile, sea cycles, electric motorcycles, etc are running some form of Linux. Almost everything can run on Linux operating systems because many mainstream distributions require a lot less computer hardware resources than UNIX, Windows, or Mac OS-X operating systems. Matter of reality, some of the smallest complete distributions of Linux operating systems are only 13 KiloByte, 3 MegaByte, 10 MegaByte, 14 MegaByte in size and never requires any storage device making for extremely "hack proof" computer systems and networks. There are at least one distribution of Linux for almost every computer processor ever manufactured. This means cellular, satellite, and even HAM radio transceivers.
Linux operating systems run on 98% of this world's super computers. Linux operating systems run on 100% of the world's Quantum Processors.
Linux run on 100% of the world's faster than light computers because its the simplest and most reliable. Have a project that requires a Main Frame or Super Uber Computer System? Linux can "Cluster" together millions of plain old even obsolete computer systems to calculate and solve a problem like a gigantic main frame (abeit slower of course, but very affordable with old computers). Some versions of Linux operating systems can controller 8,192 processors simultaneously without a hiccup. Enough of this, up to the Reader to learn the rest.
With quantum processors on the way soon, data processing will be at the speed of light at last. Though the operating systems must keep up with the security and monitoring and here Linux shines. The coding is compact, fast, compatible, reliable, most importantly accessible.
UNIX, Windows, and Mac OS-X are not end User accessible-- they will sue the User for modifying their code. Linux does not require a storage device... hint, in A.D.1960 there were no floppy discs, no magnetic hard disks, and no FlashROM memory. Less hardware, less traffic, more speed. User can install Linux just into the main logic board's main memory run Linux and all software in real time without extra delays.
As Technical Support folks, we are not prejudice about what operating systems to use to help our customers. All operating systems have their strengths and weaknesses, but Linux is that much stronger and versatile because the Creator made certain it is the better and progressing to become the best end User computer operating system ever to come from a single human mind!
Do his opinions on the meaning of life, celebrity, or even semi-technical issues like the underpinnings of Mac OS X matter that much to the average reader? Probably not. They probably only matter to his most die hard fans, which seems ostensibly whom this book is aimed at. Yet, at the same time, they make for interesting reading since his famously brutal honesty is on full display throughout the book. I would in fact expand the audience a little bit further to include most technical people involved with the software world - frankly a significant portion of the book could be boring/incomprehensible to those with no background in software.
Just for Fun also includes an interesting dual narrative, featuring the ghost writer (David Diamond) taking on full first person voice for some chapters (clearly indicated in italics). At first these interludes may seem jarring, but overtime they reveal more about Linus's character and story than we would get from the "Linus chapters" alone. Neither the chapters by Linus nor the chapters by Diamond are particularly well written, but they're also not unnecessarily long, flowery, or philosophical. Linus writes in Just for Fun as he does on the kernel mailing list - direct and to the point.
In short, Just for Fun tells the inspiring story of how a single passionate software developer can change the world and have fun doing it. It's your classic underdog story. It's good reading for software developers everywhere, especially those with some sense of computer history and an interest in operating systems.
But as for the story itself, I really enjoyed it :-)
The content itself was somewhat interesting, offering insight into Linus' views and past.
However, only 20% of the book (at most) was written by him; the rest was written by his co-author. This becomes clear when, despite being written from his perspective, there are obvious typos such as referring to the ls command as "1's". It is also obvious that the book was never proof read, given obvious spelling mistakes, mismatched brackets and the like.
In short, the quality was what I would expect from a blog post, not a published book.
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