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[News] SFLC Discusses the Role of Android as it Relates to Free Software

  • Subject: [News] SFLC Discusses the Role of Android as it Relates to Free Software
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 08 Nov 2009 18:16:28 +0000
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Android/Linux's Future and Advancement of Mobile Software Freedom

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| But first, let me point out where we agree: I 
| think his recent blog post about what 
| Android/Linux is not should be read by 
| everyone interested in software freedom for 
| mobile devices. (Harald's post also refers to 
| a presentation by Matt Porter. I agree with 
| Harald that talk is worth looking at closely.) 
| The primary point Matt and Harald both make is 
| one that Stallman has actually made for years: 
| Linux is an operating system kernel, not a 
| whole system for a user. That's why I started 
| saying Android/Linux to refer to this new 
| phone platform. It's just the kernel, Linux, 
| with a bunch of Java stuff on top. As Matt 
| points out, it doesn't even use a common 
| Linux-oriented C Library, such as uClibc or 
| the GNU C Library; it used a BSD-derived libc 
| called Bionic.


Released: Android Media Platform (AMP): OLED Android 2.0 Handheld

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| We know that the Motorola Droid has 
| launched today, but it is not the only 
| Google Android device launching. We have 
| just learned that the Android Media 
| Platform (AMP) has popped up out of 
| nowhere, for those who do not know, the 
| device is an OLED Android 2.0 Handheld.



âOpen Coreâ Is the New Shareware

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| Like most buzzwords, Open Core has no real agreed-upon
| meaning. I'm using it to describe a business model
| whereby some middleware-ish system is released by a
| single, for-profit entity copyright holder, who
| requires copyright-assigned changes back to the
| company, and that company sells proprietary add-ons
| and applications that use the framework. Often, the
| model further uses the GPL to forbid anyone but the
| copyright-holding company to make such proprietary
| add-on applications (i.e., everyone else would have to
| GPL their applications). In the current debate, some
| have proposed that a permissive license structure can
| be used for the core instead.

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