It doesn’t matter how organised — or cluttered — your workspace is, if it makes you productive, that’s all that matters. Not that it stops one from wondering if greats, such as Linux creator Linus Torvalds, operate in the equivalent of clean rooms as they go about making the world a better place. Well, it turns out Torvalds isn’t exactly stressed about keeping his home office in a state of perfection, as this video shows.
Put together by The Linux Foundation, the clip takes us on a guided tour of Torvalds abode, with a focus on his room of work. It’s not thrilling by any means, but it is interesting. For example, there’s his self-proclaimed “zombie shuffling desk”, essentially a workstation tied to a treadmill so Torvalds can sneak in some exercise while he compares diffs or merges branches.
It also looks like Torvalds, who has arguably mastered the sphere of software, has tried his hand at 3D printing with a MakerBot Replicator 2X set-up next to his PC. He also doesn’t like throwing out hard drives (who does?) with 15 years’ worth of storage sitting around in piles.
Of course, a tour of his home wouldn’t be complete without a peek at his fireplace, adorned by an array of different stuffed penguins that people have sent him. Pro-tip: If you were thinking of sending him one, don’t.