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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RE[2]: Open... right...
by tomcat on Wed 6th Apr 2011 00:34 UTC in reply to "RE: Open... right..."
tomcat
Member since:
2006-01-06

The important thing is that the overall public understand the importance and percieve Google as being a champion of their "freedom".


Except that Google is NOT a "champion of their 'freedom'"; where 'freedom' means the ability to use a device any way that the user wants to use it. And, frankly, that's the only definition that makes sense.

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RE[3]: Open... right...
by testman on Wed 6th Apr 2011 01:03 in reply to "RE[2]: Open... right..."
testman Member since:
2007-10-15

Again, it's just marketing. It doesn't need to make sense, it just needs to push the right buttons with the target demographic.

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RE[4]: Open... right...
by mrstep on Wed 6th Apr 2011 03:37 in reply to "RE[3]: Open... right..."
mrstep Member since:
2009-07-18

Exactly. Google wants control of more of their own ad delivery channel. That's fine - they're a big ad delivery company. But framing that as 'freedom' is a bit of a stretch.

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