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

Khalid Baheyeldin kb at 2bits.com
Sun Aug 21 00:12:19 EDT 2011


On Sat, Aug 20, 2011 at 11:59 PM, John Johnson <jvj at golden.net> wrote:

> **
> On 2011-08-20 23:44, Khalid Baheyeldin wrote:
>
> Forking is not always in the best interest of the forker. They take on full
> responsibility of the fork, such as new features and security updates, the
> more time passes, the wider the gap, and the more of a burden it becomes,
> specially with a smaller or no community to contribute.
>
>
> I understand that is exactly what has happened in the Linux fork that
> serves as the underpinnings of Android. Some of Google's changes were
> rejected for inclusion in the main trunk with the result that Android fork
> is divergent from the main trunk. Google now 'owns' the fork - as well as
> the Android super-set thereof. And, as suggested by Khalid, the fork does
> not have the support community.
>

Google is one of the few companies there who can afford a fork, and a lack
of a community.

Hardware manufacturers? Not so much. Eventually, it becomes a burden either
way.
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