Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 4th Jan 2013 18:29 UTC
Google A blog post on the Free Software Foundation Europe site is making the rounds around the web. The blog post, written by Torsten Grote, claims that 'the Android SDK is now proprietary', because upon download, you have to agree to terms and conditions which are clearly not compatible with free and/or open source software. What Grote fails to mention - one, these terms have mostly always been here, and two, they only apply to the SDK binaries. The source is still freely available.
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RE: No.
by nej_simon on Fri 4th Jan 2013 18:57 UTC in reply to "No."
nej_simon
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2011-02-11
RE[2]: No.
by Nelson on Fri 4th Jan 2013 19:05 in reply to "RE: No."
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Good catch. Does this make the Android SDK any less proprietary (who cares?)

If the distinction disappears when you check out the source (which you can presumably modify however you'd like) then is it safe to call what you check out "Android"?

I think the blog post is correct in saying the Android SDK is non free (in his crazy fanatical definition of free)

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RE[3]: No.
by linux-lover on Fri 4th Jan 2013 19:33 in reply to "RE[2]: No."
linux-lover Member since:
2011-04-25

Yes it is. The source code is same line for line when you check it out. It doesn't magically turn it into something new. Google reserves the right to protect their brand and trademark. Just like Mozilla reserves the right to protect the firefox brand and trademark. Mozilla's license around the Firefox brand is why Debian calls their version of the browser Iceweasel.

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