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Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds is a Finnish software developer who began development of the Linux kernel, and is still the project's coordinator. He also owns the Linux trademark. About 2% of the current Linux kernel is written by Torvalds himself, the rest having been contributed by thousands of others.

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Just for Fun: The Story of an Accidental Revolutionary

By Linus Torvalds

Brand: HarperBusiness
Released: 2002-06-04
Paperback (288 pages)

Just for Fun: The Story of an Accidental Revolutionary
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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.

Linus Torvalds, Software Rebel (Techies)

By Ann Brashares

21st Century
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Ann Brashares is the bestselling author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The Second Summer of the Sisterhood, Girls in Pants, Forever in Blue, The Last Summer (of You and Me), and My Name is Memory.

Leaders in Computing: Changing the digital world

By Donald E. Knuth, Linus Torvalds, Vint Cerf, Tim Berners-Lee & Stephanie Shirley

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
Released: 2011-09-30
Kindle Edition (75 pages)

Leaders in Computing: Changing the digital world
 
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This collection of exclusive interviews provides a fascinating insight into the thoughts and ideas of influential figures from the world of IT and computing, including Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Donald Knuth, Linus Torvalds, Jimmy Wales, Grady Booch, Steve Wozniak, Vint Cerf, Karen Spärck Jones and Dame Stephanie Shirley.

With representatives from areas as diverse as programming, development, hardware, networks, interface, internet and applications, this collection also provides an excellent overview of important developments in this diverse field over recent years.

Rebel Code: Linux And The Open Source Revolution

By Glyn Moody

Glyn Moody
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Rebel Code: Linux And The Open Source Revolution
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The open source saga has many fascinating chapters. It is partly the story of Linus Torvalds, the master hacker who would become chief architect of the Linux operating system. It is also the story of thousands of devoted programmers around the world who spontaneously worked in tandem to complete the race to shape Linux into the ultimate killer app. Rebel Code traces the remarkable roots of this unplanned revolution. It echoes the twists and turns of Linux's improbable development, as it grew through an almost biological process of accretion and finally took its place at the heart of a jigsaw puzzle that would become the centerpiece of open source. With unprecedented access to the principal players, Moody has written a powerful tale of individual innovation versus big business. Rebel Code provides a from-the-trenches perspective and looks ahead to how open source is challenging long-held conceptions of technology, commerce, and culture.

For Fun and Profit: A History of the Free and Open Source Software Revolution (History of Computing)

By Christopher Tozzi

The MIT Press
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In the 1980s, there was a revolution with far-reaching consequences -- a revolution to restore software freedom. In the early 1980s, after decades of making source code available with programs, most programmers ceased sharing code freely. A band of revolutionaries, self-described "hackers," challenged this new norm by building operating systems with source code that could be freely shared. In For Fun and Profit, Christopher Tozzi offers an account of the free and open source software (FOSS) revolution, from its origins as an obscure, marginal effort by a small group of programmers to the widespread commercial use of open source software today. Tozzi explains FOSS's historical trajectory, shaped by eccentric personalities -- including Richard Stallman and Linus Torvalds -- and driven both by ideology and pragmatism, by fun and profit.

Tozzi examines hacker culture and its influence on the Unix operating system, the reaction to Unix's commercialization, and the history of early Linux development. He describes the commercial boom that followed, when companies invested billions of dollars in products using FOSS operating systems; the subsequent tensions within the FOSS movement; and the battles with closed source software companies (especially Microsoft) that saw FOSS as a threat. Finally, Tozzi describes FOSS's current dominance in embedded computing, mobile devices, and the cloud, as well as its cultural and intellectual influence.



 
   
   

 
       


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