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Re: "Android is not open. It's a marketing label"

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____/ Chris Ahlstrom on Monday 23 February 2009 23:09 : \____

> After takin' a swig o' grog, Roy Schestowitz belched out
>   this bit o' wisdom:
>>> <quote>
>>> Despite the release of Android's source code last year, Symbian Foundation
>>> director Lee Williams claimed the Linux-based Google OS merely wears a big
>>> 'open' badge to disguise its underlying 'closed shop' ethos.
>>> "Android is not open," he told silicon.com. "It's a marketing label. It's
>>> controlled by Google."
>>> However, Android co-founder and Google's VP of mobile, Rich Miner, scorned
>>> the notion of a group-led platform being open.
>>> Unlike the Symbian Foundation - which is a not-for-profit organisation -
>>> Google is a business and therefore "to some extent for the most part we are
>>> capitalists", Miner conceded, adding Google doesn't necessarily "think
>>> everything should be necessarily open and free".
>>> </quote>
>>> http://networks.silicon.com/mobile/0,39024665,39398332,00.htm
>> Symbian = DRM, software patents, Nokia (sw pats lobbyist in EU, UK).
>> Kettle. Black.
> Doesn't seem to bother Asus much:
>    Future Eee PCs May Run Google's Android OS

When I saw this in Google Groups (to spot Gary's latest libel) I realised that
the Munchkins indeed have a reason to sling mud at Android, even it means that
they promote Symbian (less of a threat to Microsoft).

The Munchkins help. They say what Microsoft is /really/ afraid of.

Sometimes it's useful to see where they make noise. It means that it strikes a
nerve (OOo being a good example), so it can ans should be repeated. If the
trolls squeal about some posts, it means it's effective, else it's ignored.

Scott Douglas is worried about Android. Noted.

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