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[News] With Android, Probably First Time There is More Than One Linux

  • Subject: [News] With Android, Probably First Time There is More Than One Linux
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2010 09:20:40 +0000
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Linus Torvalds: Google's Nexus One First Mobile Phone I Don't Hate

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| Linus Torvalds, the inventor of the Linux 
| kernel, has an absolute disdain for mobile 
| phones. All of the ones he has purchased in 
| the past, the man writes on his personal 
| blog, ended up being "mostly used for 
| playing Galaga and Solitaire on long 
| flights" even though they were naturally 
| all phones run on open source operating 
| systems.


Torvalds' Nexus One endorsement may be regretted

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| I hope people will understand that 
| following Torvaldsâ blog post extolling the 
| Google Nexus One.
| Apparently Linus has the same problem my 
| son does (along with millions of other 
| people). Directions are not his strong 
| suit. So for him, Google navigation was a 
| killer app.
| Trouble is, in many ways Linus Torvalds is 
| not âjust a programmer.â Heâs a brand name. 
| He is, however reluctantly, a celebrity. So 
| a simple blog post can read like an 
| endorsement.
| [...]
| Google is trying to build a competitive 
| ecosystem in Android, and Android is not 
| the only Linux-based system in the mobile 
| space. Itâs like saying which one of your 
| children you like best.


Android versus Linux?

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| Is Android at odds with Linux after the 
| removal of Android device drivers from the 
| Linux source code tree or is this business 
| as usual for the Linux community and 
| nothing new? The H looks at the issues.
| [...]
| Google's Android development takes place 
| behind closed doors, with the company's own 
| Linux source tree. This isn't an uncommon 
| model at Google; it runs its own source 
| tree for its internally deployed Linux, 
| allowing them to optimise for its specific 
| uses for the operating system.


The New Era of Big Company Forks

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| I was intrigued to read Greg Kroah-
| Hartman's analysis of what's gone wrong 
| with the Android fork of Linux, and the 
| discussion that followed on lwn.net. Like 
| Greg, I am hopeful that the Android 
| platform has a future that will work 
| closely with upstream developers. I also 
| have my own agenda: I believe Android/Linux 
| is the closest thing we have to a viable 
| fully FaiF phone operating system platform 
| to take on the proprietary alternatives 
| like the BlackBerry and the iPhone.
| I believe Greg's comments hint at a ânew 
| eraâ problem that the FLOSS community 
| hasn't yet learned to solve. In the âold 
| daysâ, we had only big proprietary 
| companies like Apple and Microsoft that had 
| little interest in ever touching copylefted 
| software. They didn't want to make 
| improvements and share them. Back then (and 
| today too) they prefer to consume all the 
| permissively licensed Free Software they 
| can, and release/maintain proprietary forks 
| for years.
| I'm often critical of Google, but I must 
| admit Google is (at least sometimes) not 
| afraid of dumping code on a regular basis 
| to the public, at least when it behooves 
| them to do it. 


10 Reasons Why the Linux Community Could Influence iPhone Sales

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| Over the weekend, Torvalds wrote on a 
| personal blog that although he can't stand 
| mobile phones, he was pleasantly surprised 
| by Google's Nexus One smartphone. Torvalds 
| called the device a "winner" and said he's 
| happy with its design. And since the phone 
| runs a version of Linux, he was even more 
| willing to pick it up.
| The importance of Torvalds' endorsement of 
| the Nexus One can't be understated. In many 
| ways, the Linux community follows his lead. 
| When he offers an opinion, the community 
| rallies behind him. The Nexus One will be 
| no different. And considering that the 
| Nexus One competes against Apple's iPhone, 
| Torvalds' endorsement could have a more 
| profound impact on iPhone sales than we 
| might expect.


App Store craziness: banning the word 'Android'

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| Ok this is crazy. PC Worldâs JR Raphael 
| reports that Apple has apparently forbidden 
| a developer from using the word âAndroidâ 
| in his appâs description.


Open Symbian: New World Order or Big Yawn?

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| Is Symbian finding its way back through 
| FOSS? "Symbian is on its way out," says 
| Martin Espinoza, a blogger at Hyperlogos. 
| "Even Nokia knows it, which is why their 
| flagship product -- the N900 -- is based on 
| Linux." On the other hand, the news "is a 
| fine example of a near monopoly graciously 
| sharing with the world in order to compete 
| fairly and with better products," says 
| blogger Robert Pogson.



6 of the Best Android Mobile Devices

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| Android is the name given to a mobile
| operating system using a customised version
| of the Linux kernel. It was first released in
| late 2008. The platform enables developers to
| write code in the Java language, controlling
| the device via Java libraries developed by
| Google.

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