[kwlug-disc] I hereby OSS my business idea

Andrew Sullivan Cant acant at alumni.uwaterloo.ca
Thu Oct 7 10:26:39 EDT 2010

There is a fork of android that is supposed to be trying to 
remove/replace and of the software which is not freedom-respecting call 


Could be an interesting alternative for anyone who is worried about Google.

Still looks pretty new, and I am not sure how far along they really are.


On 05/10/10 08:30 PM, Insurance Squared Inc. wrote:
> Android's got a connection to Google I think, which makes me all
> twitchy.  I've got googlephobia. But if Sony brings out a table, I'm in
> for one for sure.
> On 05/10/10 08:25 PM, Khalid Baheyeldin wrote:
>> On Tue, Oct 5, 2010 at 8:15 PM, Insurance Squared Inc.
>> <gcooke at insurancesquared.com <mailto:gcooke at insurancesquared.com>> wrote:
>>     I mentioned before on the list that I'd like to see a linux
>>     version of the ipad/slate/sony tablet/whatever. I think one of you
>>     folks should find a hardware manufacturer to build one that's full
>>     of open components, create an online marketplace like apple has
>>     (to sell apps, or just make them available for a small download
>>     fee) then go on the dragon's den to get some cash to build it all.
>>     I'd do it, but I'm too busy. You should do it because I want an
>>     OSS tablet computer. that's a good reason right?
>> Already happened, or on its way.
>> The operating system is called Android (yes, Linux based).
>> The store is called Android Market. You can browse it using a more
>> friendly interface than Google's at this site http://androlib.com/ or
>> this one http://www.cyrket.com/
>> Skype just added their app to the Market today. There are many thousands
>> of apps in there.
>> There are even other independent markets, e.g. http://slideme.org/
>> The hardware is on its way, from Samsung (Galaxy Tab), Dell (Streak),
>> and others.
>> What Apple has going for it, from a business point of view, is that they
>> control the entire stack (hardware, operating system, and store), and
>> they control the quality of apps more than others. They also have less
>> variants of hardware/operating systems, where as the Android devices
>> are made by many vendors, and each has their own features, quirks,
>> extensions to the O.S., ..etc.
>> I use an Android phone, and love the ecosystem.
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