Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 14th Sep 2012 22:30 UTC
Intel You'd think this sort of stuff belonged to the past - but no. Apparently, Microsoft is afraid of Android on its Windows 8 tablets, because Intel has just announced that it will provide no support for Linux on its clover Trail processors. Supposedly, this chip is "designed for Windows 8". What?
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RE[4]: Comment by redshift
by saso on Sat 15th Sep 2012 10:07 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by redshift"
saso
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Android is a proprietary OS owned by Google, it has as much to do with FOSS as OSX


This is a profoundly false statement. Android is available under a very liberal license with full source and all tools needed to build it. It's development model may be closed, but that doesn't mean that the finished product is proprietary. You could take Android and fork it today into a new OS. That's the very essence of being open-source.

The statement "owned by Google" is untrue as well. Nobody "owns" a piece of software, software isn't tangible goods. Rather, one owns the copyright to a piece of software. And even if take it that you meant that Google owns the copyright to Android, that's potentially untrue as well. Depending on how you define Android, the copyright is owned by a large group of people, starting from the Linux kernel, drivers, through lots of the userspace libraries, none of which were developed solely by Google (and thus they don't "own the copyright" to them, but only potentially to portions). The upper Android software stacks are almost exclusively Google-copyrighted, but as I pointed out above, these are available under a very liberal open-source license.

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