Father of Linux gives Google Nexus 7 a thumbs up, OEM Android skins a thumbs down

Father of Linux gives Google Nexus 7 a thumbs up, OEM Android skins a thumbs down
Linus Torvalds is the father of Linux and as such, he has a unique perspective on gadgets and devices like the Google Nexus 7. So what does Torvalds think of the ASUS built table? He calls it "solid" and his impression of the tablet is "so far, very positive." Linus had posted the comments on his Google+ page and starts off by agreeing with the decision by ASUS not to include a rear-facing camera saying that at the price point that the tablet is offered at, any rear-facing camera would be "nasty". Besides, as he points out, those who use tablets to take pictures look like "a complete dork".

When it comes to Android, Torvalds favors the stock look and doesn't like the various OEM skins comparing them to "pee in the snow" adding that they make Android "look and act terribly" just for the sake of the manufacturers aiming to differentiate themselves from each other. So this is why he likes the stock Android on the Google Nexus 7. Besides being smoother (thanks to Android 4.1's Project Butter) he likes what has been kept on Jelly Bean like app folder shortcuts and resizable widgets.

So what size tablet screen does Torvalds favor? He thinks 10 inches is too big and that while 8.9 inches is better, something between 7 inches and 8.9 inches is best. He adds that the alleged 7.85 inch size of the display on the rumored mini-Apple iPad sounds good, too. He states that if you don't like tablets or Android, the Google Nexus 7 won't change your mind. But if you're on the borderline, Torvalds believes that the quality of the Google Nexus 7, despite its low price, is enough to win you over.

source: LinusTorvalds via AndroidAuthority

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37 Comments

1. thedarkside

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

rear facing cameras on tablets is just moronic. there is no need for them at all. you can actually find pictures online of people taking self shots with tablets. it makes me LOL.

4. tedkord

Posts: 17463; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Skanks making duck face, usually.

5. thedarkside

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

there is a new facebook game called duck hunt. here are the rules. 1. find random girl in your friends list. 2. look through said girls pictures. 3. find stupid looking duck face. 4. comment by saying bang! 5. winning!

11. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Actually, because the girls that do the duck face have such high opinions of themselves, they'll think you're being a pervert. Lol.

13. thedarkside

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

touche', but its still fun.

25. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Thats stupid. "Bang?" Why not say "quack" or something. Bang makes no sense I doubt these girls will get the reference

26. thedarkside

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

its called duck hunt. and guns dont go quack. they go bang!

30. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

I KNOW, I get the reference i'm saying they wont. You can still hunt ducks without shooting them...kinda like wheres waldo but with duck faces

31. CivicSi89

Posts: 349; Member since: Jul 23, 2011

EclipseGSX. we still need to race.

36. thedarkside

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

i wish i still had my 240sx or my second gen rx7. :(

8. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

I like to have options like having a camera. I don't use it often, but it's still a good feature to have. I also sync all my photos to Google+, so I can have all my pics together.

10. ph00ny

Posts: 2069; Member since: May 26, 2011

It actually comes in handy when there is one. It's the same concept as cell phones. Convenience. I've used it quite frequently and it's honestly not that bad.

27. darkkjedii

Posts: 31598; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

No it's choice, isn't that what googles about?

2. ph00ny

Posts: 2069; Member since: May 26, 2011

I have to disagree on OEM customization. As long as there are legitimate optimization being applied to the OS, i couldn't careless. There are always various launchers to choose from

9. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

I just wish they'd give an option in the settings whether to use stock or not. That'd complete Android.

3. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Interesting comments about the custom UI's... Back in 2010, Sense UI was the smoothest Android experience on the market. The custom UI's have features... useful features.....that stock Android didnt have and might still not have. The new version of Blur on GB held its own against stock ICS for speed, smoothness. Stock Android has taken elements from Sense UI, Blur, Touchwiz, dont know about any other UI. So the custom UI's cant be too bad.

6. DroogV59

Posts: 37; Member since: Jun 02, 2011

That`s right, the best OEM innovations inevitably find their way onto stock Android....at which point users drool (usually after first dissing the respective skins).

16. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Exactly...lol. Hey I can resize widgets!! Hey I have the Android market as a static icon in the app drawer!! Hey I can do mores stuff from the lock screen!!! All on custom UI's before stock Android. And accessing the pull down shade from the lock screen.....had to use apps from the market before ICS. The custom UI's really dont get enough credit.

12. ph00ny

Posts: 2069; Member since: May 26, 2011

TW on S2 was where GB devices started to shine in speed because Samsung baked in a lot of hardware acceleration in various places including web browser and ui

15. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Exactly.....a custom UI used hardware acceleration in areas of the UI. Android really didnt start doing that til Honeycomb? Or ICS?

20. ph00ny

Posts: 2069; Member since: May 26, 2011

Honeycomb

24. Jimstar

Posts: 259; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

the stock-android diehards usually can't handle that fact. Usually bringing up such things is met with a level of cognitive dissonance most people would find hard to believe....

7. akbar

Posts: 62; Member since: Feb 09, 2012

"those who use tablets to take pictures look like "a complete dork"." Finally somebody said it. I still don't understand how people can even think to point tablet to make a picture?

14. DroogV59

Posts: 37; Member since: Jun 02, 2011

Linus Torvalds doesn`t need to take a pic with a tablet to look like a complete dork. There I said it. A rear facing camera is handy, if only to provide app compatibility. Even a cheapo 3 MP snapper would do the trick.

17. crankyd00d

Posts: 191; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

And that's why your opinion is worth...absolutely nothing. Come back with the same comment the day you have done the %1 he's done for tech. There I said it :)

18. DroogV59

Posts: 37; Member since: Jun 02, 2011

My my look whose cranky. I was commenting on his looks (which is something HE started), not his contributions to technology.

21. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Ok....and whats your opinion worth..... An opinion is an opinion. Thats all. If thats the case....everyone in this article needs to come back when they have done more for the tech industry. I also dont fully agree with Tovalds opinions in the article.

19. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

True, him calling someone a dork is like Romney calling someone a hypocrite. He is the godfather of Linux, the man who made the dork's choice in operating systems happen. Also dissing the OEMs is counteractive to his philosophies with Linux, which was to make an open source platform that can be manipulated by hobbyists and organizations alike for their purposes. Which is what the OEMs are doing in the case of android. And android itself is an example of this as its based on Linux.

23. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

"Also dissing the OEMs is counteractive to his philosophies with Linux, which was to make an open source platform that can be manipulated by hobbyists and organizations alike for their purposes. Which is what the OEMs are doing in the case of android." See....this is what makes me scratch my head at Tovalds comments. And since there are stock Android devices out there....ppl have a choice of what they want. Stock or custom UI. Sorry....but Torvalds sounds like a stock Android fanboy. Its his opinion....he's welcome to it....but he does. He makes it like custom UI's have no pros, all cons and offer nothing vs stock Android.

22. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1277; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Custom UIs are NOT bad till GB... But after using ICS, I love stock UI very much...

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