Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 5th Apr 2011 22:48 UTC
Google Is Android still open now that Google has postponed the source code release of Honeycomb, version 3.0 of the mobile operating system? I've been reading a whole boatload of articles and blog posts on the web claiming Android is no longer open, but it seems like very few people seem to actually understand what 'open' really means when it comes to the GPL and the Apache license. Here's a short primer.
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The question of openness
by WorknMan on Wed 6th Apr 2011 00:02 UTC
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It doesn't matter how open Android is; only nerds, hippies, freetards and other people with vested interests care. The important thing is that the overall public understand the importance and percieve Google as being a champion of their "freedom".

I don't think the question should be whether this move by Google will mean that Android is less open; I think the real question is, does it really matter? Google withholding the source and (hopefully) putting the smackdown on the vendor bloatware means that (again, hopefully) the user experience will be more consistent from device to device, and there will be no more of this, "Oh, this widget won't work on my phone because it has HTC's NonSense on it' horseshit.

Of course, I assume this means that there will be no more nightly builds of custom roms that people can install to find out which of the features on their phone won't work on that particular build, but 98% of the population doesn't give a rat's ass. Anyway, you'll still be able to tweak the hell out of it; it'll be like a jailbroken iPhone/iPad out of the box.... on steroids ;)

Perhaps Google has finally learned the lesson that Linux on the desktop never learned... having 900 different variants of your product is not going to have people lining up around the block on launch day

Edited 2011-04-06 00:04 UTC

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