Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 9th Oct 2010 10:09 UTC
Google Google's big Android chief Andy Rubin has given an interview to PC Magazine, in which he touches on some interesting topics. Sadly, PC Magazine didn't ask about the patent situation and why Google is seemingly letting its OEMs fend for themselves, but there's still a lot of other interesting stuff in there.
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RE: Keep drinking that Kool-Aid
by kovos on Sat 9th Oct 2010 18:18 UTC in reply to "Keep drinking that Kool-Aid"
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"First of all, the strategy is a winning strategy. We're talking about a platform where for the first time you can look at the code, you can inspect the code, you can see how it works."

Really? Because I thought Linux was there long before... unless he wants to chop that down to 'mobile platform'.

Now whether it's a winning strategy with most consumers... it may sell more handsets, but I'm going to go out on a limb and say it's because it has more carriers and cheaper contracts/devices, not because most consumers want to inspect the code. But maybe there's an extra 1% of users who do care. LOL.

It's actually "very" convenient as developer or manufacturer.
Also Linux always "forced" you to go open source... Android doesn't.

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Linux always "forced" you to go open source

Really? Because the last I knew, Nvidia's VGA driver was proprietary, and one of the first WYSIWYG word processors on Linux was Word Perfect.

Plus, Android isn't the only Linux-based embedded system out there.

The GPL allows that, explicitly: the kernel-user barrier is the boundary of GPL requirements from the kernel. Any user-space GPL requirements, are due to using user-space GPL components. Hence, it is possible to create a Linux-based system, where the only GPL component is the Linux kernel.

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