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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.

  • serkol
    Sure he wouldn't like iPhone, which is based on Mac OS X, which is based on BSD (Unix). The whole idea of Linux was to bury Unix...
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  • mrcmark
    Why am I not suprised. thumbs up linus.
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  • dxwarlock
    "but the day it was reported that it finally had the pinch-to-zoom thing enabled, I decided to take the plunge."

    thats all it takes to impress him and have a change of heart on phones in general?

    thats like saying "I've always hated cellphones on the whole..but since this one has a 3rd button on the side I thought 'hmm maybe I was all wrong about phones"
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  • nevertell
    Why hasn't he hacked the iphone so we can have android on it, YET ?
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  • grieve
    wtf would i care what Linus Torvalds wants?

    Seriously i have nothing against him or unix/linix/os10/win I just really could care less what phone gates uses or jobs or anyone else.

    This would have been interesting if had chosen iphone or "xp phone" but really to me this is like saying Steve Jobs uses an Iphone. Or the sky is blue...
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  • grieve
    THIS JUST IN!

    Bill Gates prefers Windows 7!
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  • JohnnyLucky
    "a cellphone to me is just an opportunity to be irritated wherever you are."

    That's the part I liked.

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  • sirmorluk
    I ditched my cellphone 2 years ago. I now only own a prepaid that I charge and throw in the glove compartment for family trips.
    To be honest I haven't been happier in years. It was a liberating experience.
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  • mlopinto2k1
    grieveTHIS JUST IN!Bill Gates prefers Windows 7!Excellent.

    Breaking News!!!

    Steve Jobs has finally found a phone he can enjoy! Psssh, NO, I ain't sayin the name.
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  • mlopinto2k1
    JohnnyLucky"a cellphone to me is just an opportunity to be irritated wherever you are."That's the part I liked.That's because it's THE TRUTH. You have obviously been freed from the The Matrix. Join the club.
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