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Old 09-03-2010, 04:00 AM   #1
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LXer: This week at LWN: Android: the return of the Unix wars?

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Your editor was recently amused to encounter this ZDNet article on "Android's dirty little secret." According to that article, the openness of Android has led to an increase in the control held by handset manufacturers and wireless carriers and the fragmentation of the platform. The Open Handset Alliance is in a "shambles," and Android phones have undone all the gains won by that great standard bearer for openness and freedom - the iPhone. One might easily conclude that Android is just business as usual for the mobile telephony industry, but there are a few things worth contemplating here.

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The license that Android is under is **NOT** copyleft -- it is permissive, which should explain the phone manufacturers' retention of their code. I guarantee you, if Google went GPL (like they did with Chrome OS) it would be illegal for phone manufacturers to add binary blobs to the Android UI.


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