Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 21st Oct 2011 23:17 UTC, submitted by jello
Apple So, how serious is the legal battle between Apple and the various Android phone makers, really? Surely, it's just logical business sense that's behind it, right? Calculated, well-planned precision strikes designed to hurt Android where simply making better, more innovative products isn't enough? Well, no, not really. We already knew Steve Jobs took this personal - now we know just how personal.
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RE[3]: Pirates of Silicon Valley
by frderi on Sat 22nd Oct 2011 09:09 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Pirates of Silicon Valley"
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Darwin has always been open source. You can download the source of the latest version (From Mac OS X 10.7.2) from the Apple website.

That being said, we still have no ice cream sandwich sources in our hands, and we will never see honeycomb sources.

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Moredhas Member since:

Google have come forward saying the ICS source will be released. Really, wait until ICS devices hit the shelves before you go complaining the source isn't out.

As for Honeycomb, it was embarrassing and hacked together, according to Google. A stop-gap measure to get tablets out. The changes made for Honeycomb are refined or redone, ICS source makes the Honeycomb source redundant.

Edited 2011-10-22 09:13 UTC

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frderi Member since:

And its about damn time too, if they want to keep this so called "monniker" that the thing is open to begin with.

Mind you, "open" for Android means just open for manufacturers. Not end users. Sources for the chipsets of the specific phones aren't included, thus, the source code is useless to upgrade your phone. On how many present day phones will ICS work? Zero. For me, this is not the spirit and intention of GPL.

Meanwhile, my 2+ year old iPhone 3GS, sans the ideologic BS that its free and open and its the better thing for human society, is humming away just fine on iOS5, the latest version. Talk about warped values.

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jared_wilkes Member since:

The problem people have with Google's "open source" policy is apparently they can take it close sourced to behave like a proprietary development house and rush development they need to rapidly add based on competition, and then they can take their time cleaning it up, and then, presumably, they can "close source" it again at any point if they can rationalize it (needed to add features, support a device, speed development) -- and the Google advocates will do the apologizing for them.

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