Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 28th Feb 2013 12:08 UTC
Google "Google has opened a public kernel repository, marked as experimental, for the Linux 3.8 kernel. The kernel repo is built from the standard Linux kernel, with Android modifications added by the folks in Mountain View working on the Android project. The reason this is good news? 3.8 includes three important and interesting changes for mobile devices - support for open source NVIDIA Tegra and Samsung Exynos DRM drivers, support for the Flash-Friendly File-System, and a lower memory footprint - in some cases much lower. Having native support means less development time by Google or anyone else building the kernel for Android, and everyone loves more memory for apps instead of the system."
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Easier to port other OS to the same devices
by Lennie on Thu 28th Feb 2013 15:01 UTC
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It only mentions the benefits to them, but it also means that it is easier to create custom firmware like Cyanogen or port an other Linux-based OS to such devices. Like: Tizen, Ubuntu, WebOS, FirefoxOS and what have you.

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