Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 13th Jun 2012 22:21 UTC, submitted by Valhalla
Linux The BBC interviews Torvalds. I like this bit: "For me, Linux on the desktop is where I started, and Linux on the desktop is literally what I still use today primarily - although I obviously do have other Linux devices, including an Android phone - so I'd personally really love for it to take over in that market too. But I guess that in the meantime I can't really complain about the successes in other markets." Linux on the desktop is quite passe. Phones and servers is where it's at.
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RE[2]: Comment by sergio
by Alfman on Wed 13th Jun 2012 23:48 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by sergio"
Alfman
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2011-01-28

WereCatf,

"We wouldn't for example have Android if binary blobs weren't allowed."

Or maybe we would and open hardware drivers would be more common in android devices. There's no definite way of predicting what would happen to the timeline if variables like this were tweaked.

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RE[3]: Comment by sergio
by WereCatf on Thu 14th Jun 2012 00:10 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by sergio"
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2006-02-15

Or maybe we would and open hardware drivers would be more common in android devices.


If you were at all familiar with ARM-world you'd know that's just wishful thinking. All the same drivers would still be closed-source, but we'd just have some other OS instead of Android. Even now you sometimes see this or that manufacturer 'pledge' support for open-source, but then they drag their feet for years and eventually just release an 'optimized' compiler toolchain saying that they never meant to open up their drivers in the first place.

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RE[4]: Comment by sergio
by Alfman on Thu 14th Jun 2012 00:25 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by sergio"
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2011-01-28

You can never be sure though. Some manufacturers may close their drivers BECAUSE linux permits it and releasing open drivers could be seen as a competitive risk when other manufactures don't have to open their drivers either.

Hypothetically speaking, if open drivers were a requirement, more manufacturers might be inclined to help out with open drivers if they wanted more linux market share. You can argue the opposite, like saying linux is too small to make such demands, but it's all just handwaving...there's no way to know.

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