If you are curious what Linus’ office looks like Linux Foundation took a tour under their video series “30 Linux Kernel Developer Workspaces in 30 Weeks”. He uses a walking desk, which means he has set-up a computer on a treadmill so doesn’t sit on his chair, like most of us all day, and instead keep doing some physical activity.

It’s a myth that you should keep your desk clean in order to be more productive. It’s _not_ clutter actually. I know exactly where something is. When a maid or my wife cleans up my table, while it look tidy, everything is lost. By the time I find it my table resumes the old state. Look at Linus Torvalds’ old desk and you would know what I mean by clutter. I was happy to his ‘old’ and cluttered table as that set-up looks just like mine :-)

Old desk of Linus Torvalds
Old desk of Linus Torvalds
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My current desk!

Compratively his walking table which he calls ‘zombia shuffling desk’ is cleaner. He is trying to keep his it clean compared to the old one. Well it may be easier as there is not much space on the walking table, but we will see in six month how clean it stays.

(a) The father of Linux, writing code (b) The code comiled here 'runs' the world, literally. (c) Old desk (d) Super charged Large Hadron Collider which keeps Linus walking.
(a) The father of Linux, writing code
(b) The code ‘compiled’ here ‘runs’ the world, literally.
(c) Old desk
(d) Super charged Large Hadron Collider which keeps Linus walking.

Is he going to clean up the old table which he doesn’t use anymore as there is so much garbage in it? Not likely. He doesn’t know what to do with his old desk as it has so much crap on it. He said “he might burned it down one day”, that would be easier.

Most of us hoard old electronics stuff and call it ‘retro’. Pointing at his old stuff Linus said that he would like to call it prized possession but it’s just garbage. He said he is not very emotional when it comes to technology – all old technology is old and broken and I would rather play with new stuff.

This army comes alive at night, like the Night at the Museum movie to protect Linux Fort.
This army comes alive at night, like the Night at the Museum movie to protect Linux Fort.

He, as expected, has a 3D printer – MakerBot – which is mostly used by his kids for projects. He showed his scuba gears and the huge army of penguins that protect his house as they come alive at night and march around the Torvalds’ Fort.