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Amazon Fire Not Really Open

Dec 05, 2011, 14:04 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mike James)

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"The trick to this magic is to simply open source the parts you are forced to by the license and keep the additional code you have developed secret. Android is issued under the Apache License which allows modification and reissue under another license. The software that Amazon released is covered by the GPL and LGPL licences and it is a condition of these licence that the source is reissued under the same license - i.e they are copyleft licences.

"According the FSF, the source code Amazon has released doesn't include any of of the modifications made to create the Fire operating system. In particular there are no deals of the user interface or the DRM."

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