Linus loves his Nexus One

Linux's famous parent, Linus Torvalds, loves his new Googlephone.

"I generally hate phones," writes the ubergeek on his bog. "They are irritating and disturb you as you work or read or whatever..."

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

Torvalds confesses that he "loves" the concept of having a phone that runs Linux, and says he's had a number of them over the years, but rarely used them.

Google's original G1, "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 travelling," Linus writes, before saying he was finally wooed by the Nexus One's "pinch-to-zoom thing".

"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."

So there you have it, an endorsement from a tech celebrity with - apparently - very few mates.