Is Android Forking from Linux?
Feb 03, 2010, 18:02 (1 Talkback[s])
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"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..."