Just for Fun: The Story of an Accidental Revolutionary

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Harper Collins, Jun 4, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages
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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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Contents

BIRTH OF AN OPERATING SYSTEM
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KING OF THE BALL 125
199
Index
251
Copyright

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Page 85 - and gcc (1.40), and things seem to work, This implies that I'll get something practical within a few months, and I'd like to know what features most people would want. Any suggestions are welcome, but I won't promise I'll implement them:-) Linus )torvalds@kruuna,helsinki .fi) PS.
Page 85 - Hello everybody out there using minix—I'm doing a )free) operating system just a hobby, won't be big and professional like gnu) for 386
Page 86 - free of any mmix code, and it has a multi-threaded fs. It is NOT portable (uses 386 task switching etc.), and it probably never will support anything other than AT-harddisks, as that's all I have:
Page 86 - (uses 386 task switching etc.), and it probably never will support anything other than AT-harddisks, as that's all I have:
Page 227 - One thing you do is prevent good software from being written. Who can afford to do professional work for nothing?
Page 85 - )Linus Benedict Torvalds) To: Newsgroups: comp.os.inix Subject: What would you like to see most in mmix? Summary: small poll for my new operating system Message-ID:
Page 229 - People don't quibble with the need for free speech. It is a liberty that people have defended with their lives. Freedom is always something you have to defend with your life. But it's also not an easy choice to make initially. And the same is true of openness. You just have to make the
Page 101 - MINIX was designed to be reasonably portable, and has been ported from the Intel line to the 680x0 (Atari, Amiga, Macintosh), SPARC, and NS32016. LINUX is tied fairly closely to the 80x86, Not the way to go. Don't get me wrong, I am not unhappy with LINUX. It will get all the people who want to turn
Page 101 - MULTICS, and many more The alternative is a microkernel-based system, in which most of the OS runs as separate processes, mostly outside the kernel. They communicate by message passing. The kernel's job is to handle the message passing, interrupt handling, low-level process management, and possibly the I/O. Examples of this design are the RC4000, Amoeba, Chorus, Mach, and the
Page 103 - Re 2: Your job is being a professor and researcher: That's one hell of a good excuse for some of the

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About the author (2002)

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.

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