Book Review : Just for Fun by Linus Torvalds and David Diamond
TLDR : 5/5. Linus : Life and Philosophy
I have been always fascinated with GNU/Linux from the day I installed my Slackware in 1999, wrote my first white paper on how it was going to take over the world in 1999 (rejected as crazy by committee), and spent my nights browsing kernel-track and slashdot in wipro. I used to experiment a lot those days with Minix (using Bosch emulator) and QNX.
In this book, I could atleast feel I identify with Linus as a normal person who did a thing differently and did it well. I also was glad to know that he was successful in his financial endeavors due to RedHat.
The interesting chapters were his sisters and mothers account of him as a person, his entry into computing from an early age, his stance vis-a-vis Tannenbaum and Minix, his love life with Tove, Linus Law (survival, society and fun as evolution of technology) , his struggle/enjoyment of the rapid success of Linux and finally the explanation of his stance on open source. I could really relate to him in the chapter on his love for Unix.
Three things stand out in the book written in 2001
a) Open source no longer is considered out of ordinary and companies like IBM have more than 70 pct of engineers working on the same.
b) Operating Systems are of minor interest in the scheme of things. Its more about what they enable you to do as a human.
c) You cannot control open source. If you try to control, you lose the spirit and may be the trust of the community. Linus uphold Palm and Handspring as model companies in 2001 and 16 years later Google and its open Android model has taken over the world.