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[2]: Wrong
by rr7.num7 on Sat 13th Aug 2011 19:08 UTC in reply to "RE: Wrong"
rr7.num7
Member since:
2010-04-30

While I agree with most of what you wrote, this:

Windows NT kernel is extremely reliable (especially after NT 4.0) and you will not see BSODs or system lockups unless you have failing hardware.


is not true.

Yes, in general, NT is reliable but not "extremely", and yes, you can see BSODs (at least on XP) for purely software-related problems. The last one I experienced was because of a bug that made XP restart or show a BSOD, if you run a program with a certain type of manifest file. A fix was available soon after, but still, it's insane that something as simple as an XML file can crash the whole OS.

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RE[3]: Wrong
by Lennie on Sun 14th Aug 2011 13:37 in reply to "RE[2]: Wrong"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

But the fun only just started with Windows Vista/7/2008, the Ping Of Death is back:

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/Bulletin/MS11-064.mspx

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RE[4]: Wrong
by rr7.num7 on Sun 14th Aug 2011 16:36 in reply to "RE[3]: Wrong"
rr7.num7 Member since:
2010-04-30

And I just found out: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2575077

So much for the "NT can't lockup unless you have failing hardware" myth.

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