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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RE[2]: Meh...
by UltraZelda64 on Mon 19th Aug 2013 20:30 UTC in reply to "RE: Meh..."
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LOL... I have never owned or considered buying a moped, but you've just made my decision to never even contemplate it in the future. ;)

But I'm more into sports cars than pickup trucks, although trucks are definitely better for hauling shit... but seriously, this is getting ridiculously off-topic now. ;)

And I wasn't meaning to slam Android, I just think it's ridiculous to lump such a completely different system that is much more focused with a traditional Linux distribution that is basically general purpose, much more flexible, and offers superior productivity. I own an Android phone and, with the current offerings of phone/tablet OSes, Android will likely be on my next phone as well. Who knows what will become of Ubuntu Touch and Firefox OS, but I would likely not just call those "Linux" either.

As I pointed out in my other post, I really think this article just amounts to the old Linux vs. GNU/Linux argument, just with a twist. I personally just say "Linux" for short when referring to the whole thing, and for that reason I would personally *never* refer to Android as Linux. Linux-based, yeah, certainly--but a totally different beast in terms of the way it acts.

I will just put it this way. Google, the maker of Android, is a corporation in the business of making money. They have their trademarks for a reason and I'll continue calling it "Android," not "Linux." Android is Android, according to Google and their trademarks. And no doubt, in the name of $$$, they want you to look at it that way too.

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