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 problem with this entire discussion isn't what Google is doing, I don't honestly think most of us really care if it means that Android improves as a platform,.

At the heart of the issue is the difference in reaction from the communities.

Look at the number of gripes still being held against Apple for it's treatment of OSS projects, despite the volume of contributions they have made and continue to make. CLANG, LLVM, WebKit, SprtouCore, Launchd, etc. Hell, it comes out that Apple is not going to ship a product that has not even been announced on a date that has only been speculated at with no official word on either the existence much less shipping date and Apple gets blasted in the press for 'missing a ship target'.

Google acknowledges shipping something early, that was not ready for consumption and they are changing the rules on the fly and they get what amounts to a free pass, with much of the press?

That is what has so many people annoyed.

Look, Google did what they had to do, and the Xoom is suffering for it. HP appears to be taking the oposite tack and trying to get it right before they ship, God knows what RIM is doing. Microsoft is still trying to sell us on Tablets being a fad.

So right now, it is a 2 horse race and the jockeys are being playing under different rules where the trade press is concerned, and *that* is what bugs me,.

It's not like Google fixing the fragmentation issues in Android isn't the best thing for the platform, but giving a free pass to Google for such a significant, and sudden policy shift in the lead up to the regime change at Google just stinks.

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