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Old 05-06-2010, 01:11 AM   #1
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LXer: Is the Android truly open source?

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When is open source not really open source? When it's an Android phone. OK, before everyone jumps all over me and screams, "Android is built on Linux!" and "It's more open than the iPhone!" let me say this: Yes, it is built on an open-source platform and it is, indeed, more open than the iPhone. But in the cutthroat world of mobile telephony, Google may have met its match with old-school behavior from telephone service providers and handset makers who aren't so keen on the "open" part of open-source. The Open Handset Alliance isn't so open, nor is it too much of an alliance among Android device makers. It is about handsets, though, so there's that.

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This is just FUD. FTFA:

Leslie Grandy on pointed out Google's heavy hand in the Android platform:

Google makes most of the decisions about what they define as the base level Android platform they release. The [Android Open Source Project] site states, "The Core Technical Team reviews and approves requests for the set up of new projects, designates new projects as part of the core platform, and appoints or confirms the Project Leads for those projects."
So people are upset that Google is keeping a tight control over Google's project? How is this ANY different than how Linus keeps tight control over what is, and is not, in the kernel?

At least there is some hope in that the people commenting largely got it right.


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