Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 9th Sep 2010 22:05 UTC
Google TechCrunch held a little in-promptu poll a few days ago, asking its readers why they chose to go with Android instead of something else. Most people stated they choose Android because of "openness". The author of the article calls this "a load of crap", arguing that because carriers can do with Android as they so desire, the reality now is that Android isn't open. Clearly, the author doesn't get openness.
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Funny thing
by RagaR on Fri 10th Sep 2010 10:02 UTC
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2010-06-22

I have noticed, you avoided the term "free software" like hell. And you have chosen the funny term "open" and "openness". With the only reference, that you have a choice between different manufactures and providers.

A cold and deadly world, you are suggesting.

Lets have a look on free software:

* The freedom to run the program, for any purpose (freedom 0).
* The freedom to study how the program works, and change it to make it do what you wish (freedom 1). Access to the source code is a precondition for this.
* The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor (freedom 2).
* The freedom to distribute copies of your modified versions to others (freedom 3).

By doing this you can give the whole community a chance to benefit from your changes. Access to the source code is a precondition for this.

It does not matter, how often free software is delivered. If there is just one case where it fails, than it is not "free software".

You said there are some.

Conclusion: Android is not free software.

Your argumentation is weak, as you know. Because you even have more freedom when you can choose between several distributions, when you have free choice about providers and manufactures. And I don't care about tyrants and self chosen slavery. If they like their iPhone, let it be. But I do care about freedom, even freedom for the end users. And that is where Android fails. And just once is enough.

It is true. Android is a load of crap.

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