Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 19th Aug 2013 17:27 UTC
Linux Steve Cheney:

There's more to the platform wars than mobile - Android is starting to take off in non-mobile markets in a massive way - Internet of Things, Television (Chromecast), etc. To date Linux has been the dominant OS but Android is now taking some embedded designs which would have run Linux. The effective decoupling of Android from carriers for non-mobile markets + the richness of tools and the existing developer ecosystem will likely cement Android as the definitive open source OS of the next decade. This will have pluses for Google but also unintended consequences.

A common misconception among people who don't really understand what Linux is - one that I'm seeing pop up more and more now that people are trying to paint Android in a negative light - i.e., as competition to not just iOS, but also the noble and open source Linux.

Repeat after me: Android is just as much 'Linux' as Ubuntu, Debian, Red Hat, or anything else that uses the Linux kernel. Technically, a better term would be 'Linux distribution', since Linux in and of itself is just a kernel. Wikipedia defines 'Linux distribution' quite well:

A Linux distribution (often called distro for short) is a member of the family of Unix-like operating systems built on top of the Linux kernel. Such distributions are operating systems including a large collection of software applications such as word processors, spreadsheets, media players, and database applications. These operating systems consist of the Linux kernel and, usually, a set of libraries and utilities from the GNU Project, with graphics support from the X Window System. Distributions optimized for size may not contain X and tend to use more compact alternatives to the GNU utilities, such as BusyBox, uClibc, or dietlibc.

Android is a Linux distribution, and is an addition to the Linux ecosystem - not a challenger. Painting it as such is just a sign of ignorance.

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Meh...
by UltraZelda64 on Mon 19th Aug 2013 17:54 UTC
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I actually feel at home and in control on a traditional Linux distribution (GNU/Linux for those who prefer), while I feel powerless and can never do anything on Andriod that I would typically do with no trouble on a "real" Linux distribution. I consider Android more of a toy than anything, and a dumbed-down, inefficient one at that. Yeah, it allows me to make my calls, and there are some unique and useful "apps," but for any actual work, entertainment or web browsing... I'll take a real Linux distro any day, complete with a big screen, a real keyboard and a mouse. None of that neutered crap with its own Google layer which effectively changes everything user-facing about it, combined with a crummy "touch" UI.

Edited 2013-08-19 17:56 UTC

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