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Android Comes Home to Linux

Mar 27, 2012, 20:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Christopher Tozzi)

[ Thanks to The VAR Guy for this link. ]

"First, let?s start with a recap, in non-geek terms, of what happened: For a long time Android, for political and technical reasons, was developed independently of the Linux kernel itself. Android and Linux both sprung from the same source, and a lot of their code was the same, but the programmers behind the two projects were not collaborating directly. From most perspectives that was bad, because it meant the two software platforms could eventually become highly incompatible. It also meant that Linux could not run ?out of the box? on Android devices.

"This situation was slated to change for the better back in December 2011, however, when the Android developers committed themselves to merging their code back into the mainline Linux kernel. And with the release this month of Linux 3.3, which can theoretically run on Android devices without any changes or tweaks necessary, they made good on that promise."

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