- 出版社: Collins Business; Reprint (2002年6月4日)
- 外文书名: 乐者为王: Linux之父托沃兹自传
- 平装: 288页
- 语种： 英语
- ISBN: 0066620732
- 条形码: 9780066620732
- 商品尺寸: 13.5 x 1.7 x 20.3 cm
- 商品重量: 213 g
- 品牌: Collins Business
- ASIN: 0066620732
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Just for Fun: The Story of an Accidental Revolutionary (英语) 平装 – 2002年6月4日
Most 31-year olds can't boast of being the instigator of a revolution. But then again, the world's leading promoter of open source software and creator of the operating system Linux does humbly call himself an accidental revolutionary--accidental being the operative word here. Just for Fun is the quirky story of how Linus Torvalds went from being a penniless, introverted code writer in Helsinki in the early 1990s to being the unwitting (and rather less than penniless) leader of a radical shift in computer programming by the end of the decade.
OK, perhaps "story" in the traditional sense of the term is stretching it a bit. This whole book is more like a series of e-mails, an exercise in textual communication for someone more used to code language than conversation: choppy sentences packed into short paragraphs, and sometimes just one-liners. The pace is fast, but the quippy tone can get somewhat tiring, though it definitely suits the portrayal of a computer-dominated life. And like an e-mail conversation, the tense often changes, the topics jump back and forth, and the narrators occasionally change, mostly alternating between the Linux man himself and Red Herring executive editor David Diamond, who convinced the difficult-to-pin-down Torvalds to write his story (or at least allow Diamond to poke, prod, and pull it out of him, all the while giving his own impressions and interpretations). But Torvald's tale contains enough informative and entertaining tidbits--on growing up in dark, strangely silent but communication-gadget-obsessed Finland (which boasts more cell phones per capita than anywhere else), on what makes passionate code writers tick, on making the transition from unknown computer geek to world-famous computer geek, on the convergence of technology and ideology, on his work for Transmeta and involvement (or lack thereof) with all the players worth mentioning in Silicon Valley - to keep more than just computer programmers engrossed in his story. For the latter, of course, Just for Fun will be required reading.
If you pick up this book as a geek's guide to the meaning of life (which, believe it or not, Torvalds does ramble on about at the beginning and the end), then you're in for a bit of a shallow take on the whole thing. But if you're interested in the idea of technological development as a global team sport, and how a nerdy Finnish transplant to California got the whole game going in the first place, check out Linus's story... just for fun, of course. --S. Ketchum --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
The autobiography of a career computer programmer, even an unorthodox one, may sound less than enthralling, but this breezy account of the life of Linux inventor Torvalds not only lives up to its insouciant title, it provides an incisive look into the still-raging debate over open source code. In his own words (interspersed with co-writer Diamond's tongue-in-cheek accounts of his interviews with the absentminded Torvalds), the programmer relates how it all started in 1981 with his grandfather back in Finland, who let him play around on a Vic 20 computer. At 11 years old, Torvalds was hooked on computersespecially on figuring out how they ran and on improving their operating systems. For years, Torvalds did little but program, upgrading his hardware every couple of years, attending school in a desultory fashion and generally letting the outside world float by unnoticed, until he eventually wrote his own operating system, Linux. In a radical move, he began sharing the code with fellow OS enthusiasts over the burgeoning Internet in the early 1990s, allowing others to contribute to and improve it, while he oversaw the process. Even though Torvalds is now a bigger star in the computer world than Bill Gates, and companies like IBM are running Linux on their servers, he has retained his innocence: the book is full of statements like "Open source makes sense" and "Greed is never good" that seem sincere. Leavened with an appealing, self-deprecating sense of humor and a generous perspective that few hardcore coders have, this is a refreshing read for geeks and the techno-obsessed.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"It's an entertaining work...breezy, colloquial...the reader will find insights into how the mind of a creative computer developer works." -- -- Newsweek
"Linus Torvalds is a lot like Bill Gates...both are about the same height." -- --USA Today
"Linus is the benevolent dictator the whole community trusts." -- --Larry Augustin, President of VA Research
"Perhaps the most entertaining business book you'll read this year." -- - eCompany
"Software is like sex: it's better when it's free." -- --Linus Torvalds
"Some people are born to lead millions. Others are born to write world-changing software. Only one person does both: Torvalds." -- -Time Magazine/ Time Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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.
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.