Android is the least open of open source mobile platforms

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by Kariya, Aug 4, 2011.

  1. Steve121178 macrumors 68040

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  2. BaldiMac macrumors 604

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    Wow. Did you even read the article? Do you have any arguments to support your claim?
     
  3. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    not really surprised by this as I know the others on that list all do nightly builds or at least weekly.

    Compared to Android which is under I believe the Aphce licences which means they only have to release the source at a later date but during the dev cycle it does not require anything.

    End result is none of it is really surprising.
     
  4. Kariya thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I've always thought Google's rhetoric of 'open' was a bit rich.
     
  5. KnightWRX macrumors Pentium

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    The license is not what says they must release the source. It's the fact that they are the copyright owners for the code base. Even if it was under the GNU GPL, they could distribute just binaries without source and not be in violation.

    The open source licenses only apply to people who are not the owners to the actual copyrights.
     
  6. maflynn Moderator

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    Isn't the saying perception is 9/10s of the law :p

    Clearly google is relying more on marketing/propagenda to propagate the notion that they fully embrace open source. So far that has worked pretty well for them.
     

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