Feeds

Leningrad Penguin Goes America

Murdoch to publish Torvalds auto-biog

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Cult Finnish movie director Aki Kaurismaki will direct a lavish bio-pic of the life of Linus Torvalds, it was announced yesterday.

Tentatively titled Leningrad Penguins go America, Torvalds' life will be portrayed in a tableaux of musical numbers including 'Tanenbaum, Tanenbaum - Your Faith In Microkernels Is Misplaced!', 'Maddog lends me an Alpha' and - apparently the showstopper - 'glibc, or not glibc?'

OK, so we made it up.

But Torvalds will at least provide some potential primary source material, in the form of an autobiography, publisher HarperCollins announced yesterday. The book will be entitled Just For Fun: The Story of an Accidental Revolutionary and is slated for publication next spring.

"It's as much as about Linux as it is about Linus," promised a flack for the Murdoch-owned publishing house.

The book is being co-written (the phrase normally deployed here is 'ghost-written', but we can safely assume that Linus will be speaking for himself) by former Wired reporter David Diamond.

Diamond has a singular knack for teasing out the hidden personal particulars of his subject, if this lovely profile he penned for the San Jose Mercury earlier this year is anything to go by.

HarperCollins' blurb promises us a tome free of forward-looking statements - so at least we'll be spared a retread of Bill Gates' 1995 visionary tome The Road Ahead, which failed to mention the Internet. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
That dreaded syncing feeling: Will Microsoft EVER fix OneDrive?
Microsoft's long history of broken Windows sync
Mozilla, EFF, Cisco back free-as-in-FREE-BEER SSL cert authority
Let’s Encrypt to give HTTPS-everywhere a boost in 2015
SLURP! Flick your TONGUE around our LOLLIPOP – Google
Android 5 is coming – IF you're lucky enough to have the right gadget
Nokia's N1 fondleslab's HIDDEN BRILLIANCE: The 'Z Launcher'
Sugarcoating Android's Lollipop makes tab easier to swallow
Bug fixes! Get your APPLE BUG FIXES! iOS and OS X updates right here!
Yosemite fixes Wi-Fi hiccup, older iOS devices get performance boost
Microsoft: Your Linux Docker containers are now OURS to command
New tool lets admins wrangle Linux apps from Windows
Facebook, working on Facebook at Work, works on Facebook. At Work
You don't want your cat or drunk pics at the office
Soz, web devs: Google snatches its Wallet off the table
Killing off web service in 3 months... but app-happy bonkers are fine
Meet Windows 10's new UI for OneDrive – also known as File Explorer
New preview build continues Redmond's retreat to the desktop
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence
Download Choosing a Cloud Hosting Provider with Confidence to learn more about cloud computing - the new opportunities and new security challenges.
New hybrid storage solutions
Tackling data challenges through emerging hybrid storage solutions that enable optimum database performance whilst managing costs and increasingly large data stores.