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Android and Linux are growing back together

Apr 26, 2010, 19:02 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Google's Android, the increasingly important embedded Linux, has had one major problem. It had been moving slowly away from the Linux mainstream. Now, after the recent Linux Foundation Collaboration Conference, Android and Linux are coming back together.

"Not only is Google going to be hiring two new Android developers to work closer with the Linux kernel development team, they're also working on re-merging its driver code with Linux. Indeed, the first series of driver patches that will bring Android and Linux back into alignment have already arrived.

"The drift between Android and Linux first came to light as Ryan Paul noted last year when he wrote that "Google engineer Patrick Brady stated unambiguously that Android is not Linux." Indeed, Brady had said that, but that was an over-statement."

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