Self-described mobile phone cynic and “father of Linux” Linus Torvalds decided to get a Google Nexus One the other day. And while the customer service lines may be clogged over the phone’s performance, Daddy Linux is positively pleased as punch.
Unsurprisingly, the man who invented the most popular open-source operating system in the world is a “happy camper” over the fact that this mobile phone runs Linux. But Linux alone wasn’t enough to get Linus on board with the rest of the smartphone crazy 21st century, no sir. His previous phones, in fact – the ones he mostly used to “play Galaga” on long flights – also had various versions of Linux, but lacked that certain spark.
Pinch to zoom touch capability and GPS were what finally got Torvalds to commit, and commit he has. The Nexus One “is a winner” he wrote yesterday, adding that it no longer feels as though he’s forced to drag along a mobile phone for “just in case” emergencies.
So, Google, as you frantically work the phones in that customer support centre and stare longingly at other company’s smartphone sales, take some solace in the fact that the Father of Linux is out there, somewhere, playing games on your Linux phone. [Linus Torvalds via Laughing Squid]