Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 5th Apr 2012 22:35 UTC
Google Google's CEO, Larry Page, has just published a letter titled "2012 Update from the CEO". It's a state of the union-sort of thing, mostly filled with the usual stuff of how great Google supposedly is (we'll decide that for ourselves, why thank you). There's one bit in it, though, that caught my eye - something that puts Android's supposed fragmentation issues in a rather different light.
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Laurence
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2007-03-26


Openness really didn't have much to do for it, and in fact, the run-of-the-mill app developer on Android doesn't really interface with any of the really low levels of the Operating System, in so far as Linux could be swapped out as the Kernel tomorrow, and App developers would be none the wiser.

The kernel has nothing to do with openness and nor would it have anything to do with app developers on any platform.

If you're encouraging app developers to interface with the kernel, then there is something deeply wrong with your OS design - apps interface with framework APIs / ABIs that then often interface with a lower level set of ABIs which then communicate with the kernel. There's a whole stack of software that sits between the kernel and the 3rd party app.

What you've done is fallen into the common trap of over emphasising the significance of the kernel in the overall design of an OS.

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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

Isn't that exactly what he was saying?

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Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

You've fallen into the trap of ..completely missing the entire point of my post.

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