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GNU, GPL, Open Source Today's mobile space is owned by the likes of Nokia, RIM, Apple, and Google. While some of these corporations have embraced some open source components, a full FLOSS solution has yet to gain traction. Why? Blogger Bradley M. Kuhn posts thoughtful analysis of the current state of Open Source in the mobile space.
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Look at the mess of audio APIs in linux. Look at multimedia infrastructure globally while you're at it. And let's not look at the X11 and graphical toolkits mess.

On any one Linux system, there is no mess. On my Arch Linux KDE 4.4 desktop install, there is no "mess of audio APIs", there is one. There is ALSA at a lower level and Phonon at the device-indepentdent level. There is also one GUI graphical toolkit ... which is Qt.

On a mobile device running Android or Meego, there would be a different set of audio APIs. Meego has the same graphical toolkit as KDE 4.4 desktop (which is Qt), but Android has GTK. However, Android is NOT the same system as Meego, and both are NOT the same system as a KDE 4.4 desktop. No machine would run two of these OSes, and the devices which would run the OSes have different uses.

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