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Developer hits back at Intel's Android fragmentation claims

12/8/2011 06:00 PM EST
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Luis Sanchez
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Luis Sanchez   12/9/2011 8:17:41 PM
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What an interesting story! The details definitely show the manipulation Google is doing with his Android OS. Under what license is Android shared? The fact that the AOSP server has been down for more than 3 months now definitely leads to seeing commercial priorities of the company which goes far from the true spirit in OSS. I think this was called open source only to be able to give it for free and to make sure everybody gets involved to a certain level. Open source is not only a technology, it’s a social phenomenon.

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SylvieBarak   12/9/2011 4:08:12 PM
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I love that definition! I think you should submit it to Urban Dictionary :) Nice one! One thing seems very clear to me... Android is not "open"

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MindTech   12/9/2011 4:03:51 PM
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I'm going to coin a new term for what Google is doing with Android: Available Source Project. The Difference between Open Source and Available Source is where the control lies. Google has always been the sole primary developer of Android. Once they have a new full build, they release it to the wild. Once it is in the open (available, if you will) you can download and do what you like with it. You can even submit patches to the "suggestion box" they are calling the AOSP. However, Google remains the sole decisions maker with regards to what makes it into the code and into the final design. They certainly aren't the first to work on this model, their take on it is just more publicly open than others. For instance, Micrium does a similkar thing with their uC/OS. They develop and support it, but I can download the source and do what I want with it. They have no obligation to me to accept or use any patches I might have, and they are the sole controllers of the code. This is closer to closed source on the scale of things, but still falls in the realm of Available Source Projects. Can anyone think of other software that qualifies as Available Source?

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VNP   12/9/2011 11:17:36 AM
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A few days ago I read the message with Intel complaints about AMD's activity. Here is the sequel: the Android is not the open source project. It is funny.

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abraxalito   12/9/2011 3:08:56 AM
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The fact that Intel feels so threatened by this tells me one thing - they're not entirely whole-hearted in their own 'support' for Android. But then, I'd not expect them to be, its not their market after all. Looks like they're going through the motions.

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