Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 24th Sep 2010 23:20 UTC
Google A few days ago I dove into the lawsuit filed by Skyhook against Google, and came to the conclusion that Skyhook's case - while an entirely plausible sequence of events considering Google is a big company and hence prone to abuse - simply wasn't a very good one. Google's CEO Eric Schmidt has given a rather generic-looking statement on the matter, but however generic it may be, there's a hint in there.
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An example:
by Kroc on Sat 25th Sep 2010 12:53 UTC
Kroc
Member since:
2005-11-10

Canonical may only ship Ubuntu with google.com as the default if we [Google] get to dictate the default wallpaper, theme and software packages used.


What Google have been doing is worse than Apple having a completely closed system. This sets the precedent that in the future the code on our computers will be open but the systems themselves will be completely closed and unable to be anything other than what the company dictates. No hobby OSes, no new paradigms, no innovation unless Google have say first.

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RE: An example:
by kovos on Sat 25th Sep 2010 12:58 in reply to "An example:"
kovos Member since:
2010-07-20

Canonical can still ship it... just without the Google applications.

Which are btw. absolutely non-essential to the OS.
C'mon mail, map, market, search... it's nice but there are alternatives.

Edited 2010-09-25 13:03 UTC

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RE[2]: An example:
by Kroc on Sat 25th Sep 2010 13:59 in reply to "RE: An example:"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

Why should someone like Google be able to prevent someone from shipping an OS that includes their apps?

Shouldn’t the platform allow any apps, open or closed, regardless of vendor?

What if Linux distributors were not allowed to include an open source VOIP client, if they include Skype. Or no open PDF reader if Adobe reader is used?

Sod them! Google should not have control over other apps if its apps are present too, it’s madness.

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RE: An example:
by No it isnt on Sat 25th Sep 2010 14:17 in reply to "An example:"
No it isnt Member since:
2005-11-14

Not really. Not even close.

Even though I can't replace the OS on my Sony Ericsson Android phone due to a proprietary bootloader, I can still change just about any feature. For instance, I have installed a replacement home screen, a different SMS app, a different softkeyboard, etc. I can also install any app that I write myself or download from the internet, even if they break with the Android Market rules. There's plenty of room for new paradigms and Google-unsanctioned innovation on a stock Android phone. It's about as open to innovation as OS X and Windows are.

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