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Choosing Java sides

Feb 17, 2011, 22:05 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

"One of the FOSDEM sessions that caught my eye was "IcedRobot: The GNUlization of Android," which announced a new project that hopes to take Android and change it so it has a clean-room OpenJDK-based Java VM and will be based on what they refer to as a more standard Linux kernel.

"The idea here is to get this Android fork to run on something like a Linux desktop, hence the need to have IcedRobot on a more vanilla Linux kernel. The swapping out of the Dalvik VM for something from OpenJDK is a clear move to get this project out from the litigious crosshairs of Oracle, which is currently suing Google for trademark infringement over Oracle code that's allegedly in Dalvik and shouldn't be.

"I wasn't in Belgium, and I am curious to hear how the community will be reacting to this. The push to get Android running on a desktop environment seems to be a bit... dated. Android is doing quite well on the platforms upon which it runs now, and desktop Linux is, while solid and stable, not exactly growing as fast at the mobile platform base. In that context, IcedRobot comes across as one of those "hey, let's see if I can run Linux on my microwave" projects."

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