"BOSTON -- Make no mistake about it: Open source developers can
be a very passionate bunch.
"At the LinuxCon conference, the topic of why Google Android
code is not part of Linux was the subject of some intense
discussion. One such discussion became so heated that a panelist
wound up telling a combative audience member to "shut up" before
asking them to leave.
"Such blow-ups -- online and off -- are typical of the heated
debate surrounding the relationship between Android and Linux.
Google's Android is seen by many as a great success story for
mobile Linux even though Google's Android code is no longer part of
the mainline Linux kernel. That fact has Linux stakeholders
debating why Google has diverged from the mainline Linux kernel,
and whether it's hurting Linux. But like many such fundamental
debates, it's a multifaceted issue with plenty of room for
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