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[3]: Comment by Nelson
by Valhalla on Tue 20th Aug 2013 16:21 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Nelson"
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The problem is that some people take this and run with it, wishing it had some kind of relevance to their favorite distribution on the Desktop.

The only real practical benefit for Linux desktop distros that I can currently think of is that of enhancements made by Android devs to the Linux kernel (now that the Android kernel fork has been merged into mainline again).

Unless someone creates a distro based upon Android 'userland' the rest of Android success will have very little impact on desktop Linux I'm sure.

Android being dominant in mobile doesn't necessarily have positive implications for the Desktop or other areas of embedded computing,

I think it has positive implications for embedded as Android has made improvements upon the Linux kernel which can be of use for embedded projects, and of course it offers Linux great exposure in the embedded technology sector.

and what I've seen some people do at times is lump them all together to play a numbers game. To me that's disingenuous.

How is that possibly 'disingenous'? We are talking about the Linux kernel here.

Are you trying to claim that somehow the vast amount of Linux use should not be counted because the systems in which it resides may end up competing?

I also don't think its true that Android isn't pitted against other Linux mobile distributions who roll their own ecosystems (For example Android's Platform vs Qt on Linux for mobile). In this light, Android is a definite challenger to others.

Sure, but what does that matter to the Linux kernel?

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