Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 5th Apr 2011 22:48 UTC
Google Is Android still open now that Google has postponed the source code release of Honeycomb, version 3.0 of the mobile operating system? I've been reading a whole boatload of articles and blog posts on the web claiming Android is no longer open, but it seems like very few people seem to actually understand what 'open' really means when it comes to the GPL and the Apache license. Here's a short primer.
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Comment by testman
by testman on Tue 5th Apr 2011 23:29 UTC
testman
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2007-10-15

Right! Google are doing the right thing by the letter of the license and arguable, the spirit as well. In the interests of good business, they are not obligated to release everything/give everything away/save the planet.

This was a good article for the most part, ruined only by the "curiously incredibly emotional language" in the footnote. Why was it necessary to address (John) Gruber personally?

Ah, I've just read some of the other threads. So Mr. Gruber is rather unpopular around these parts? At least he makes no pretense about being about being unbiased.

Edited 2011-04-05 23:35 UTC

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RE: Comment by testman
by mrstep on Wed 6th Apr 2011 03:30 in reply to "Comment by testman"
mrstep Member since:
2009-07-18

Guess people just got confused after Google made statements like "mkdir android ; cd android ; repo init -u git://android.git.kernel.org/platform/manifest.git ..." implying you can actually grab the Android source and compile it yourself. Rubin didn't seem to have a bunch of caveats about 'well, once Google decides its close partners have had time to market themselves with exclusive access'. So fine, they follow the letter of whichever open source license, but they certainly fail in terms of fulfilling their own marketing BS.

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