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Torvalds says the Nexus One is the first phone he doesn't "hate"

There's plenty of attractive smart phones -- the iPhone, Blackberries, Droid, and the G1 Phone -- but none of them satisfied Linus Torvalds, the famous computer programmer who initiated the kernel development of the Linux operating system and remains its chief kernel architect.  He describes, "I generally hate phones - 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."

However, Mr. Torvalds has finally found a phone he can truly embrace -- Google's Nexus One.  Mr. Torvalds, who formally owned a G1 phone and a China-only Motorola Linux phone, writes in his blog:

But I have to admit, the Nexus One is a winner. 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. 

Many do not know it, but Google's mobile phone operating system Android uses a modified Linux kernel.  While not everyone will appreciate Mr. Torvalds' sentiment, it's high praise for the father of Linux to personally endorse the new phone.

Google has yet to release sales figures for its new smartphone, which it is offering online only.  In January it is estimated that Google only sold 80,000 Nexus One units -- a rather disappointing launch when compared to the 600,000 units Apple's iPhone moved in its original launch month back in 2007 (most of those sales occurred within three days).  The sales estimates come courtesy of Flurry Inc., an analytics group.



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High praise?
By Suntan on 2/8/2010 4:35:11 PM , Rating: 5
quote:
it's high praise for the father of Linux to personally endorse the new phone.


Not really.

Cell phone usage is such a varied and personal thing, quite frankly I don’t care what anyone thinks about any of the phones out there. Because they aren’t going to be interested in the same things I am.

You may see high praise, I see a dude who is probably a bit of a shut-in and probably likes it more for the underlying kernel that it runs on than he does because you can actually talk to other human beings with it.

-Suntan




RE: High praise?
By rcc on 2/8/2010 5:19:01 PM , Rating: 3
Ditto, looks like an advertising ploy to me.

"Hey, sales aren't what we hoped. Let's get an endorsement"

That said, I'll be looking at this phone once the kinks are ironed out. But if I get it, it will be because it meets my needs better than anything else, not because someone I don't know says it's cool.


RE: High praise?
By Sivar on 2/8/2010 9:22:14 PM , Rating: 2
Linus isn't exactly the kind of guy to do a covert corporate endorsement.


RE: High praise?
By Clairvoyance on 2/9/2010 12:38:37 AM , Rating: 3
I'm Linus Torvalds, and this is my favorite phone on the Citadel.


RE: High praise?
By FlyTexas on 2/9/2010 2:22:11 AM , Rating: 2
+6

Damm, that was funny...


RE: High praise?
By omnicronx on 2/8/2010 11:23:43 PM , Rating: 2
If the world were as rational as your statements there would not be endorsements. Alas the world is not and some fool will buy this phone just because it was endorsed by Mr Linux himself. (I'm not knocking the phone, I want one, but because its crazy powerful not because it was endorsed by Linus)


RE: High praise?
By callmeroy on 2/9/2010 1:09:36 PM , Rating: 2
I couldn't agree more with Suntan on this one.

I don't give a rat's arse who endorse a cell phone -- I like what I like....which of course means I don't like what I don't like as well..

(actually come to think of it I'm pretty much someone who doesn't care who endorses "whatever" item....unless there's reason to take someone's advice -- IE...stuff for your car -- ok I'll listen a bit to what a mechanic has to say, medicine..ok what does my doctor say about it, etc. but normal things -- no actor/well known pop figure..don't care what they say)


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