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 = Java (check reliability!)
by ezraz on Wed 21st Aug 2013 17:12 UTC
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Android crashes often. Just eats it. Loses data. Linux not so much.
Android is a lot of Java and google weirdness. Java loves to crash. It's to the point in my work life where 90% of crashes are caused by Java or Flash. Both run on and crash Android.

Similarly, my iOS devices need a reboot about once a month. My OSX devices only need a reboot about every 6 months (and travel nearly as many places as the iOS devices).

and Haha my windows 7 demands a restart seemingly every day. No experience with Metro's stability.

It seems as though the runtime's are less stable overall than the OS's they are derived from.

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ilovebeer Member since:

I don't currently own any android devices so n/a. My Windows 7 boxes are rock solid however. Never a crash and the only reboot needed has been after certain updates. iOS has never crashed. The only time I've rebooted has been when I accidentally let the battery run out. The various OSX boxes crash randomly, but seldom.

Aside of a few BRAND NEW Macs crashing upon their first boot out of the box, nothing I'm using right now has any problems worth mention. I'm not exactly anxious to own an android device because I'm not a fan of java at all, and that's putting it nicely.

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