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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let's make it straight
by vege on Wed 6th Apr 2011 04:58 UTC
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two different questions to answer:

- legal: does Android 3 comply with GPL, Apache and other licences for each software pieces? [Yes]

- popular: is Android 3 (as a whole) open yet? [No]

As simple as that. For what it's worth.

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RE: let's make it straight
by pepa on Wed 6th Apr 2011 05:53 in reply to "let's make it straight"
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How can it possibly comply with the GPL when they say that the Honeycomb source won't be available to "anyone"?? (I mean users of the binaries, I'm sure Motorola has access. Thinking further, couldn't Motorola be pressured to provide the source code, as they are actually distributing it?)

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RE[2]: let's make it straight
by vege on Wed 6th Apr 2011 06:04 in reply to "RE: let's make it straight"
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I am guessing they make GPL licensed parts (like the Kernel) available in one way or another, meanwhile they keep their own additions closed.

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