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ELC: Android and the community

Apr 23, 2010, 09:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jake Edge)

"Greg Kroah-Hartman delivered some "tough love" to Android in his keynote at this year's Embedded Linux Conference (ELC). He is very clearly excited about Android and what it can do—uses it daily as his regular phone—but is unhappy with Google's lack of community engagement. There is hope that things will change, he said; there has been a fair amount of "introspection" at Google that he hopes will lead it in a more community-oriented direction.

"CE Linux Forum architecture group chair and ELC organizer Tim Bird introduced Kroah-Hartman by noting how many kernel subsystems he maintains: eight. The "amount of work that Greg does in the Linux kernel is really hard to comprehend", Bird said. In addition, he has a knack for "involving people in the community". Kroah-Hartman is "omnipresent" in kernel circles and "when he sees a problem, he just comes up with a solution for it". It would seem that the keynote was targeted at solving the "Android problem".

"As part of his disclaimer, Kroah-Hartman noted that he comes at the problem as an experienced kernel developer who also has a background in the embedded space. While he works on MeeGo for Novell as his day job, "they don't even realize I'm here giving this talk". He also noted that he is only looking at the Android kernel, as the user space is "weird" and won't be part of his talk."

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