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Is Android Forking from Linux?

Feb 03, 2010, 18:02 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

"On Monday this week, kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman removed the drivers for Android from the Linux kernel's staging tree, thus insuring that--for now--Android is not headed for the mainstream Linux kernel.

"Which brings up this unpleasant question: did Android just become a fork from Linux? And, if it did, what might that mean?

"It should be noted that no one else in the discussion to date has used the term "fork," and at this moment in space-time, I am still trying to figure out if the term is even applicable. But let's take a look at what Kroah-Hartman (GregKH) said in his blog entry on the subject yesterday.

"In that entry, GregKH was insistent on pointing out that while he personally loves the Android platform, he had no choice but to remove the Android driver code from the kernel staging tree..."

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