"First off, let me say that I love the Android phone platform.
Until last week, I used my developer G1, that I bought, every day.
It worked wonderfully for me, and as a user, I was more than
"I'm also very happy about Android from a technical perspective.
It's amazing that Google has taken the Linux kernel, and nothing
else from a "traditional" Linux system, and created a portable and
robust phone platform. It's so different that you can drop in a
"real" Linux system image on top of the Android system, and they
both work just fine with no changes needed.
"Android also solves the problem that the phone manufacturers
had been having for many years: a free version of Java and a
unified application layer that programmers can write to that will
work on all phone platforms that integrate it. Because of this, all
of the existing "Linux Phone Consortium" groups are doomed and will
probably close up silently very soon now, if they haven't already.
"So, what happened with the Android kernel code that caused it
to be deleted?"