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Can't Linux and Android Just Get Along?

Aug 11, 2010, 20:17 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sean Michael Kerner)

"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 different viewpoints."

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