Linked by kristoph on Thu 8th Sep 2011 17:48 UTC
Legal Microsoft has announced today that it has reached patent licensing agreements with Acer and ViewSonic that cover Android smart phones and tablets. These companies join HTC [and several others] in paying Microsoft for each deployed Android device. Microsoft's strategic approach to Android is very different from Apple's. Where Apple is attempting to stop or otherwise delay the deployment of Android devices Microsoft is lining their coffers with royalties paid by OEMs for the privilege of shipping them. It's a strategy that is already generating more profit for Microsoft the its less then successful Windows Phone platform and could contribute dramatically to Microsofts bottom line going forward.
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RE: Wakeup call
by TechGeek on Thu 8th Sep 2011 22:03 UTC in reply to "Wakeup call"
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2006-01-14

Linux bypassed the desktop and is just taking over every where else. Desktops are such a limited arena when talking about all electronics that run software.

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RE[2]: Wakeup call
by kristoph on Thu 8th Sep 2011 22:56 in reply to "RE: Wakeup call"
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2006-01-01

The kernel is a commodity now, it's not a strategic differentiator.

The fact that Linux underpins Android is not really relevant because 99+% of all Android apps are written to run Android and would work fine on virtually any other kernel.

Does anyone really care that Android runs atop Linux? Would anyone care if it changed to NetBSD or QNX?

Similarly, if Apple moved to Linux tomorrow (and still called it iOS) no one would notice.

( Personally I've always wondered why Apple didn't adopt Linux. It's presence as the base of their platform would attract enterprise customers and it's not like they would lose anything. )

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RE[3]: Wakeup call
by _txf_ on Thu 8th Sep 2011 23:24 in reply to "RE[2]: Wakeup call"
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2008-03-17

( Personally I've always wondered why Apple didn't adopt Linux. It's presence as the base of their platform would attract enterprise customers and it's not like they would lose anything. )


They lose control... and that is EVERYTHING to Apple.

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RE[3]: Wakeup call
by lemur2 on Thu 8th Sep 2011 23:25 in reply to "RE[2]: Wakeup call"
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2007-02-17

Personally I've always wondered why Apple didn't adopt Linux. It's presence as the base of their platform would attract enterprise customers and it's not like they would lose anything.


Linux copyrights are owned by a large number of individuals, the versions you see distibuted to the general public are licensed under the GPL. The GPL gives broad permissions to recipients of the code (who are NOT the owners), including even permission to re-distribute it to others, but ONLY if the downstream recipients get all the same permissions as you got when you received Linux. This includes the requirement that downstream recipients must be able to get the source code.

Since Apple would not own the code, and must re-distribute the source code, effectively they cannot add anti-features to the code.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Damaged_good

"In economics, a damaged good (sometimes termed "crippleware" or product with "anti-features") is a good that has been deliberately limited in performance, quality or utility, typically for marketing reasons as part of a strategy of product differentiation."

Now Apple are not nearly as prone to adding anti-features to their OS as Microsoft are (think Windows 7 Starter, for an example), but nevertheless Apple would still like to prevent their users from getting good stuff for free.

This means that Linux is not suitable for distribution as part of a commercial desktop OS, from the pont of view of a commercial software vendor such as Microsoft or Apple, because it is not possible to restrict what the users get, which in turn means they cannot be sold after market upgrades.

This is kind of a "big secret" of the commercial OSes ... the vendors of commercial OSes do not want it to be generally known that the OSes they sell are crippleware.

Edited 2011-09-08 23:27 UTC

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RE[3]: Wakeup call
by Lennie on Fri 9th Sep 2011 10:56 in reply to "RE[2]: Wakeup call"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

And what will happen with the Oracle/Google Java case ?

It is probably strange to predict the demise of Android but I just don't know what to think about this case.

It's gonna be a big case that is for sure.

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