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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RE[2]: Open... right...
by mrstep on Wed 6th Apr 2011 03:35 UTC in reply to "RE: Open... right..."
mrstep
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Oh, open as in 'old source' being open, not the current stuff. Sure, we can stop then - I assume Google will stop being a giant corp beating a "we're not another big giant evil mega-corp" marketing drum too, right?

I think it makes sense for Google to control the platform more tightly - they are becoming Windows Mobile as it is. But then their marketing crap should get tossed. Open as in 'you can contribute' open? Uh, no. Open as in 'we release it and everyone has access' open? Uh, no again. I'd criticize Apple or Microsoft for not being 'open', but then again they never made that sort of claim part of their marketing.

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