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]: I disagree
by cdude on Wed 21st Aug 2013 00:03 UTC in reply to "RE: I disagree"
cdude
Member since:
2008-09-21

People coming from Windows have a hard time to understand stack concepts. For them its all one, no variants except for what a single entity offers.

On Linux is all more dynamic and there are thausend of options to combine components, change aspects, modify the stack. There are whole distributions allowing total customization like gentoo, construction sets to build your own distribution.

Same with Android since it inherits that. There are various mods, extensions, ways to customize the whole stack. Ubuntu Phone is half Ubuntu Desktop, half Android. Sailfish combines Android and (X11-)Meego under Wayland. Tizen, WebOS, all variants.

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RE[3]: I disagree
by Nelson on Wed 21st Aug 2013 01:52 in reply to "RE[2]: I disagree"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Windows has a layered architecture, its actually become more pronounced from Windows 7 and on with the new API Set changes in Windows.

By all means though, generalize on.

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