[kwlug-disc] Google purchases Motorola (Mobile)?
jvj at golden.net
Sun Aug 21 00:27:57 EDT 2011
On 2011-08-21 00:15, Chris Irwin wrote:
> On Sat, Aug 20, 2011 at 11:59:00PM -0400, John Johnson 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.
> On the other hand, I'd consider that a half-fork. At worst, they are
> maintaining a bunch of out-of-tree patches. 'git' provides them with a
> tool that easily allows them to rebase onto upstream kernels, updating
> the patches where necessary. Granted some of those patches are somewhat
> invasive and incompatible with other Linux systems.
> Xen maintained out-of-tree patches for years until they were recently
There is more to this part of this story here:
And its much more than I can digest for this blog.
Except to summarize that it is a mess.
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