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GNU, GPL, Open Source Google has finally acknowledged that its characterization of Android as open source is false and, in the end, this can only make the mobile platform stronger, InfoWorld's Galen Gruman argues. 'It's hard for believers to accept that open source brings with it difficulties, but look at the consistent failure of the other open source mobile platforms -- Moblin, Maemo, and MeeGo -- that all devolved into grad-student-like thought experiments and personal pet projects. Users don't want that, and ultimately products are sold to users.' Instead, Google has been quietly taking parts of Android back in house to develop them purposefully and deeply, and as Google has asserted more control over Android, it's improved.
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RE[4]: Wrong
by mahiyu on Sat 13th Aug 2011 23:57 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Wrong"
mahiyu
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2010-08-06

"So they finally put APT on Windows?



Got me there ... I can't use a slow package management system, but I can install programs quickly and easily from .exe and .msi files (or I just unzip) ;-D.

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I agree with most of your points, but as someone who uses Windows 7 as my main desktop OS, I really miss the package manager from Ubuntu and Linux Mint.

When I have a fresh install of Ubuntu, I can get all my most important applications installed in one go through APT, and I get the latest versions that are in the respositories. If I am looking for a program to do a specific task, I can usually find something suitable in Synaptic.

A fresh install of Windows, however, needs each application to be installed individually, and I need to go to their websites to get the latest versions.

OK, it's a fairly minor inconvenience as I don't reinstall Windows often, but it still makes a difference to my user experience.

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