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: Comment by testman
by mrstep on Wed 6th Apr 2011 03:30 UTC in reply to "Comment by testman"
mrstep
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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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