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 Laurence on Mon 26th Dec 2011 12:46 UTC in reply to "Comment by kaiwai"
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Unlocked Phones + All drivers in kernel + Android from Google = WIN!

That is the one thing that would move me from my iPhone to an Android device - the knowledge that I can get the latest version of Android 'Vanilla' whether my phone is 6 months old or 3 years old. The issue I've had in the past with Android has never been missing out on the latest and greatest features but the lack of updates and upgrades when it comes to the security fixes addressed in newer version of Android but updates never made available for older phones.

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.

This already happens. The aforementioned article wouldnt change a thing in that respect.

What it would change is the ability to put Debian / whatever onto your phone and tablet as well as your PC.

In fact, this must be great news for Shuttleworth as he currently pushing for Ubuntu on tablets.

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