Google's Android operating system for cell phones, GPS devices and a host of other gadgets yet to be is the topic of much controversy and discussion. Why? Windows CE, Embedded Linux, Android...who cares?
When you shop for a phone, or any modern gadget, do you ask which operating system it's running? I don't for two reasons. First, the people working at the store look at me, and each other, like I've just stepped off a ship from Mars. Second, I don't care.
I know that sounds odd since I am the Linux and open source staff writer here on DaniWeb and a technical writer who writes on a variety of Linux and open source topics in various places. But, seriously, do I really care which operating system my cell phone runs?
No, I have to admit; I really don't.
I don't have the time these days to hack a phone or other gadget and further--I really have no desire to do so. I don't feel good about taking apart a device that costs $200 to $500+ just to tweak or break it--if successful, I could recoup my costs by selling an article about it but it would be a total loss if something goes wrong.
I couldn't care less which operating system lies beneath the LCD screen on my electronic stuff. I don't care which operating system will power my toaster, refrigerator, stove, microwave or alarm clock.
Perhaps I'm just not geeky enough.
I care about the operating system with which I work for hours on end. I need something stable, reliable and pain-free. I'm not interested in even knowing which operating system is burning my toast or dropping my conference calls.
I guess I'm glad that some people have the time to worry on such things but I'm not one of them. It does amuse me however, when people ask me about some gadget that runs Linux--expecting me to launch into some litany covering the subject from my perspective.
They seem shocked when I say, "Hmph, I didn't know it runs Linux...but that's cool." I get cold geekness thereafter. There's no colder cold than that.
Alas, I sit and ponder my next post while watching all the thumbs hard at work on texting, tweeting, and facebooking, wondering where my clipboard and pen have escaped to and thinking, "I wonder if the sun's out?"
Write back and tell me which operating system your cell phone or other gadget runs. Do you care?