Linked by Howard Fosdick on Mon 13th Dec 2010 23:11 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless It's hard to predict the future because we humans prefer to think in terms of familiar paradigms. Even the most brilliant of our species are subject to this flaw. Now, Microsoft faces its turn. The owner of the operating system that likely runs your personal computer, the company that achieved monopoly with Windows and ducked the Department of Justice's scythe to keep it, faces a midlife crisis as the world goes gaga over portable consumer devices. This is the story of what's happening to Microsoft in the handheld operating system markets -- and how it parallels the earlier, similar journeys of IBM Corporation and Digital Equipment Corporation. Can Microsoft achieve dominance on mobile devices?
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I actually follow these discussions, Google in the past made a fork of Linux and didn't do anything with Linus' tree for a long time, other then porting this back to their own tree. They would do an upgrade every a year or so. I think it was even more, but it was to much work to maintain a seperate fork.

The difference between the version Google makes for their own use and Linus' version is getting smaller and smaller. They have a plan to setup some test servers at Google to follow mainline and do automated regression testing for Google's own workloads.

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