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[News] Google May Create Another Version/Branch of Linux

  • Subject: [News] Google May Create Another Version/Branch of Linux
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 04 Feb 2010 09:45:33 +0000
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Android and the Linux kernel community

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| As the Android kernel code is now gone from 
| the Linux kernel, as of the 2.6.33 kernel 
| release, I'm starting to get a lot of 
| questions about what happened, and what to 
| do next with regards to Android. So here's 
| my opinion on the whole matter...


Android code removed from Linux kernel

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| "Now branches in the Linux kernel source 
| tree are fine" says Kroah-Hartman, "but 
| this is much worse" noting that companies 
| who create drivers and platform code for 
| Android devices are "locked out from ever 
| contributing it back to the kernel 
| community". These companies are now stuck, 
| as Android-specific code cannot be 
| contributed upstream which will give the 
| companies a "much larger maintenance and 
| development cycle".


Is Google forking the Linux kernel?

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| LWN tells us what is happening with the 
| android kernel patches in upstream.
| The short version: They are gone
| As Greg Kroah-Hartman explains:
|     So, what happened with the Android 
|     kernel code that caused it to be 
|     deleted? In short, no one cared about 
|     the code, so it was removed.
| This is a normal process, Microsoft was 
| there before.
| So far nothing special. However, as Greg 
| correctly points out:
|     The Android kernel code is more than 
|     just the few weird drivers that were in 
|     the drivers/staging/android 
|     subdirectory in the kernel. In order to 
|     get a working Android system, you need 
|     the new lock type they have created, as 
|     well as hooks in the core system for 
|     their security model.



Android To Reign Supreme By 2013

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| Android is predicted to surpass the iPhone
| and Blackberry platforms by 2013 becoming
| the second largest smartphone platform.
| Only Nokia's Symbian will be on more
| phones sold that year.

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