Linked by fran on Sat 24th Dec 2011 10:09 UTC
Linux "Android drivers are returning to the Linux kernel. Kernel maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman has retrieved the Android drivers removed from the staging area of Linux 2.6.33 in the spring of 2010 andput them back into his development branch for version 3.3 of the Linux kernel. [...] The plan is for a Linux 3.3 kernel to be able to boot on an Android device without further patches."
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RE: Comment by kaiwai
by WorknMan on Sun 25th Dec 2011 03:15 UTC in reply to "Comment by kaiwai"
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Imagine a whole community making nightly builds and stable builds for a variety of phones - buy a phone, rip off the OEM version to load on a nice and clean vanilla version knowing you're going to have years of updates in front of you rather than the current situation of Samsung users left high and drive with Samsung's refusal to provide ICS for Galaxy S users.

Kind of the way it works now, except:

1. It's really a crapshoot whether the custom rom you're trying out is going to be stable or not.

2. The shelf life of an Android phone is probably going to be artificially limited by the hardware, and whether or not it can handle the latest version of Android.

I'm not real sure how this change is going to affect either one of the above.

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