Linked by AcacioMartins on Wed 6th Apr 2011 22:13 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source In a recent article Thom contributed his opinion to the discussion about the openness of Android that started when Google choose to withhold the source code for honeycomb, here are my 2 cents. In the article the obligations GPL puts on Google are made very clear. This makes it clear that Android is indeed an open-source project. However being open-source and being open aren't always the same thing.
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RE[8]: Good one
by AcacioMartins on Thu 7th Apr 2011 16:42 UTC in reply to "RE[7]: Good one"
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This makes no sense. Google DOES like open source. They sponsor god knows how many projects, and have turned Linux in the most popular mobile platform - there where everybody else failed miserably at doing so. You can say that they are not as open as some other companies (for instance, like Red Hat), but that doesn't mean they don't like open.

That's like saying just because I, as a heterosexual, can easily admit some men are attractive, I'm suddenly no longer heterosexual.

Google is a publicly traded company as such they actually have an obligation to seek profits, they don't 'like' anything. They perceive throwing money at open-source projects to be beneficial, and so they do.

This is not to say that Google is a big evil monster for not having pure intentions, it's just to clarify that just like every other company Google is looking after its own interests, and that is how it should be.

So assuming you want to advance open-source, lets treat Google with some level of coherence, praise them for the times they contribute to open-source and bash them for the times when they don't.

Edited 2011-04-07 16:43 UTC

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