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[2]: Android is Linux...
by Drumhellar on Mon 19th Aug 2013 21:16 UTC in reply to "RE: Android is Linux..."
Drumhellar
Member since:
2005-07-12

iOS has no BSD kernel. At all.


Not quite none at all. iOS uses XNU. A significant chunk of XNU is 4.3BSD, taken from the FreeBSD kernel. The BSD-based kernel components are (according to Wikipedia):

-The POSIX API
-Unix process model (Atop Mach tasks)
-VFS layer, for writing file system drivers (HFS/HFS+ is implemented using this)
-network stack
-basic security policies (including user/group IDs)
-UNIX System-V IPC mechanisms
-Crypto framework
-Mandatory Access Control features

plus a few others. As a fraction of the code size, it might not be very much, but many of these are among the most important parts of the kernel.

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RE[3]: Android is Linux...
by moondevil on Tue 20th Aug 2013 09:07 in reply to "RE[2]: Android is Linux..."
moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

You are talking about Mac OS X kernel, not iOS.

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RE[4]: Android is Linux...
by DrJohnnyFever on Tue 20th Aug 2013 09:08 in reply to "RE[3]: Android is Linux..."
DrJohnnyFever Member since:
2012-03-07

Ignore this comment.

Edited 2013-08-20 09:11 UTC

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RE[4]: Android is Linux...
by Drumhellar on Tue 20th Aug 2013 19:22 in reply to "RE[3]: Android is Linux..."
Drumhellar Member since:
2005-07-12

I'm talking about XNU, which is the kernel used by both MacOS X and iOS.

Put in uname -r, and on Mountain Lion, you get:

Darwin Kernel Version 12.4.0: Wed May 1 17:57:12 PDT 2013; root:xnu-2050.24.15~1/RELEASE_X86_64

Do that on iOS 6.1.3, you get:

Darwin Kernel Version 13.0.0: Wed Feb 13 21:36:52 PST 2013; root:xnu-2107.7.55.2.2~1/RELEASE_ARM_S5L8930X

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