[kwlug-disc] Google purchases Motorola (Mobile)?

Glenn Henshaw thraxisp4 at mac.com
Sat Aug 20 10:13:14 EDT 2011


  From what I recall, key portions of Android that are needed for phones are closed source. I think that they took the model from Apple and Darwin (BSD based) where parts like the audio manager are missing.

  From other sources [1], the lineage and copyright status of Android are suspect as well. I can't see a large company's lawyers allowing a fork.

  ... Glenn

[1] http://fosspatents.blogspot.com/2011/08/most-android-vendors-lost-their-linux.html
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Glenn Henshaw              Waterloo, Canada
Email: thraxisp4 at mac.com

On 2011-08-20, at 10:03 AM, Colin K wrote:

> I'm just shocked that none of these companies have tried just simply forking an android distro of their own for their own devices.  or is the licencing not really that open?
> 
> On Fri, Aug 19, 2011 at 12:18 AM, John Johnson <jvj at golden.net> wrote:
> On 2011-08-18 22:45, Khalid Baheyeldin wrote:
>> 
>> It would be significant if they licensed QNX for other hardware vendors, ....
> 
> QNX remains a software product in its own right.
> 
> However, the adaptation of the QNX "ecosystem" to mobile devices appears to be RIM specific.
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> 
> In looking over the "new releases" on the QNX website http://www.qnx.com/ 
> I note that there has been a lot of business activity - outside of the RIM's mobile development sphere - since the April 2010 acquisition of the company by RIM.
> 
> And, I suspect that this non-RIM mobile business activity will remain.
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> jsquared
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