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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Android is Linux, and iOS is Profitable.
by ezraz on Mon 19th Aug 2013 22:14 UTC
ezraz
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2012-06-20

I love linux for what it is, all open-source, free, and messy. You can build rock-solid servers, media players, etc. on linux without being tied to a 3rd party and their policies.

Android is not that, it's a fork of linux, a runtime, controlled by Google, just like iOS is built on BSD and owned by Apple.

Apple doesn't have perfect backwards compatibility, but Google completely drops entire systems without warning and goes wherever the ad money is (or will be once they place it there).

I sometimes find it hard to believe that "open source" advocates are so strongly behind a corporate-owned and operated mobile OS that is so clearly trying to be a knock-off of a successful product.

What is so warm and open and fuzzy about mimicking Apple's products in "open source" and undercutting them with equally shoddy hardware that looks almost exactly like their designs, all in the name of selling out our entire internet to advertisers?

I call BS. Android is not "open" or "good for the world", it's a sneaky way for Google and Samsung to sponge Apple innovation. I've watched android for 3 versions now try to get basic stability, data sharing/syncing down, and well-built hardware. Instead my years old iPhone continues to chug along with very few issues, in the same time frame that many of you are on your 4th, 5th, 6th droid phone. Kinda silly.

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ichi Member since:
2007-03-06

I love linux for what it is, all open-source, free, and messy. You can build rock-solid servers, media players, etc. on linux without being tied to a 3rd party and their policies.

Android is not that, it's a fork of linux, a runtime, controlled by Google, just like iOS is built on BSD and owned by Apple.


So linux on embedded devices (like, say, TiVo) isn't linux either?
What would make any linux-based embedded OS more linux than Android?

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