Take a guided tour of Linus Torvald's home office

In today's open source roundup: Linus takes you on a tour of his home office. Plus: Open source licenses may be fading away. And what is open source?

Linus Torvalds is the undisputed superstar celebrity of the Linux world. When he speaks the world of technology listens to what he has to say. Now you can get an insider's view of Linus' home office and see for yourself what his work environment is really like as he strives to continually improve Linux.

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I really enjoyed a behind-the-scenes peek at how Linus works, and I particularly appreciated his walking desk. One of the health challenges that Linux geeks and computer users in general face is too much sitting. There have been numerous articles about the negative health consequences of sitting for long periods of time, including one from WebMD. So I'm very glad that Linus is setting a good example for other Linux users by using a walking desk. You can check out some walking desks at Amazon if you are curious about getting one.

I also noticed, however, that Linus looks a bit chunky in the video. Now I'm not trying to be judgmental, but Linus is aging like the rest of us. So some sort of fitness program might be something for him to consider. He could burn off a lot of that fat and replace it with muscle via some home workouts that don't require a trip to the gym. I'd like to see a small weight bench, a rack and some dumbbells added to Linus' home office. They could take the place of the old desk that isn't being used any more by Linus.

Beach Body has some great workout programs that are also available at Amazon and some of them only require a half hour per day or so of your time. So they fit in well with pretty much anybody's work schedule or overall lifestyle. I have been doing Body Beast as I really enjoy lifting weights, but I also use different P90X and P90X 3 cardio and flexibility routines since Body Beast is weak in those areas.

Given his celebrity status, it would be great if Linus became a spokesman for health issues among geeks. Working with computers is a wonderful thing, but it also has the potential to adversely affect people's health if they aren't careful. Linus could make a real difference if he started speaking out on computing-related health habits.

I got a bit of a chuckle at the clutter on his other desk, it comes frighteningly close to what my own situation is like. I try so hard not to be a clutterbug, but I inevitably fail and then have to straighten things up every once in a while. I also found Linus' comments about the sun to be right on. I hate having the shades up when I'm working, it's such a distraction.

Thanks very much to Linus and the Linux Foundation for giving us a peek at his office. It's always fun to see how such a venerated icon does his daily work.

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