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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by t3RRa on Wed 6th Apr 2011 02:00 UTC
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* I mean, really, Gruber, Apple has withheld source code releases in the past quite often, and in fact, the code to the open source components underlying iOS are not made available at all, yet not a peep from you about that - despite the fact Apple regularly touts the open source underpinnings of its operating system. If there is one "hypocrite" here, it's you.

It was a surprisingly good read despite recent much Apple trolling from the author.

However, what are those components underlying iOS that are not made available? Can you let me what they are?

If those components are not modified at all from Apple, they should not really need to provide themselves nor someone would care at all.

However if they are modified by them and if its GPL licensed, GPL crowds would not stay still already. If the components are made by Apple and opened to the masses, Apple could make it dual licensed so that they can keep their own bits for their OS closed. period.

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