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Linus Torvalds Hates Phones; Loves Nexus One

Linus Torvalds, the father of Linux, would surely embrace all new forms of technology, right? That must be why he's completely taken with his new Nexus One cell phone. But in actuality, Linus hates phones, and Google's latest creation is the first one he's ever been able to find room in his heart for.

"I generally hate phones," he wrote on his blog. "They are irritating and disturb you as you work or read or whatever - and a cellphone to me is just an opportunity to be irritated wherever you are. Which is not a good thing. The G1, for example, ended up being mostly used for playing Galaga and Solitaire on long flights, since I had almost no reason to carry it with me except when traveling."

Linus decided to give Android another shot with the latest phone. "But I have to admit, the Nexus One is a winner," he said. "I wasn't enthusiastic about buying a phone on the internet sight unseen, but the day it was reported that it finally had the pinch-to-zoom thing enabled, I decided to take the plunge. I've wanted to have a GPS unit for my car anyway, and I thought that Google Navigation might finally make a phone useful.

"And it does. What a difference! I no longer feel like I'm dragging a phone with me 'just in case' I would need to get in touch with somebody - now I'm having a useful (and admittedly pretty good-looking) gadget instead. The fact that you can use it as a phone too is kind of secondary."

It's only appropriate that the father of Linux is now paired with a device that runs the open source OS from his pocket.