Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 19th Aug 2013 17:27 UTC
Linux Steve Cheney:

There's more to the platform wars than mobile - Android is starting to take off in non-mobile markets in a massive way - Internet of Things, Television (Chromecast), etc. To date Linux has been the dominant OS but Android is now taking some embedded designs which would have run Linux. The effective decoupling of Android from carriers for non-mobile markets + the richness of tools and the existing developer ecosystem will likely cement Android as the definitive open source OS of the next decade. This will have pluses for Google but also unintended consequences.

A common misconception among people who don't really understand what Linux is - one that I'm seeing pop up more and more now that people are trying to paint Android in a negative light - i.e., as competition to not just iOS, but also the noble and open source Linux.

Repeat after me: Android is just as much 'Linux' as Ubuntu, Debian, Red Hat, or anything else that uses the Linux kernel. Technically, a better term would be 'Linux distribution', since Linux in and of itself is just a kernel. Wikipedia defines 'Linux distribution' quite well:

A Linux distribution (often called distro for short) is a member of the family of Unix-like operating systems built on top of the Linux kernel. Such distributions are operating systems including a large collection of software applications such as word processors, spreadsheets, media players, and database applications. These operating systems consist of the Linux kernel and, usually, a set of libraries and utilities from the GNU Project, with graphics support from the X Window System. Distributions optimized for size may not contain X and tend to use more compact alternatives to the GNU utilities, such as BusyBox, uClibc, or dietlibc.

Android is a Linux distribution, and is an addition to the Linux ecosystem - not a challenger. Painting it as such is just a sign of ignorance.

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RE: don't over generalize
by bert64 on Mon 19th Aug 2013 18:52 UTC in reply to "don't over generalize"
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You can run openoffice and all those other tools on android with no problem. The only difference is that android doesn't include the same set of userland libraries as typical linux distros do, so you'd have to install them yourself if you want to run them on an android system.
You can even take an entire standard linux distro like ubuntu or debian, and run it inside of a chroot on an android phone.

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RE[2]: don't over generalize
by cdude on Tue 20th Aug 2013 23:47 in reply to "RE: don't over generalize"
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and you can bundle libraries, dependencies into the apk. The main problem of is the not so mobile friendly UI.

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RE[2]: don't over generalize
by CFWhitman on Wed 21st Aug 2013 19:31 in reply to "RE: don't over generalize"
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Since both a car and a boat can use the same engine, you can build an amphibious vehicle that uses that engine. That amphibious vehicle is both a car and a boat. That, however, does not make all cars into boats or all boats into cars.

Similarly, the fact that any Android operating system can be made into both a GNU/Linux and an Android operating system or that any GNU/Linux operating system can be made into both an Android and a GNU/Linux operating system does not make Android and GNU/Linux the same operating system.

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