Linked by snydeq on Fri 12th Aug 2011 19:05 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source Google has finally acknowledged that its characterization of Android as open source is false and, in the end, this can only make the mobile platform stronger, InfoWorld's Galen Gruman argues. 'It's hard for believers to accept that open source brings with it difficulties, but look at the consistent failure of the other open source mobile platforms -- Moblin, Maemo, and MeeGo -- that all devolved into grad-student-like thought experiments and personal pet projects. Users don't want that, and ultimately products are sold to users.' Instead, Google has been quietly taking parts of Android back in house to develop them purposefully and deeply, and as Google has asserted more control over Android, it's improved.
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RE[3]: Wrong
by MacTO on Sat 13th Aug 2011 18:28 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Wrong"
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You have effectively proven that closed source software is not for you.

But I'm going to tell you something: the people who care about the stuff that you mentioned, scientists and engineers, represent about 1% of the population. Now you could argue that there are plenty of people who are interested in the stuff that you mentioned, yet aren't professional scientists or engineers. Which would be true. Yet it is also true that a significant proportion of those scientists and engineers couldn't give a damn about a single thing that you mentioned on your list. So I'm going to suggest that you're still stuck at about 1% of the population who even cares about the same things that you care about.

And guess what? Google doesn't want to serve 1% of the market. Worse yet, they don't want to serve 1% of the market that is both fragmented among competitors and a market that would fragment their own product into competitors.

So if you want to use open source, I wish all the best to you. But please don't expect everyone to follow you if only they were a bit smarter.

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