[ILUG] Android gone Free
rick at linuxmafia.com
Wed Oct 29 17:41:51 GMT 2008
Quoting Colm Buckley (colm at tuatha.org):
> The *open* custom Google version of Java. Running on the *open*
> custom Google version of Linux. I'm not sure you really know what
> you're talking about here.
I hope/expect that most people will not fault _Google's_ role in the
matter of the T-Mobile G1. Google didn't make it a locked appliance;
HTC and T-Mobile did. A friend commented on that point, elsewhere:
From what I heard before T-Mo picked up Android, it was already like
that. This, if anything, ensures that OpenMoko is NOT dead in the water.
It also brings up the interesting irony that the mostly-proprietary EZX
and MAGX platforms from Motorola are effectively more free and open than
Android. (Reminder: I once successfully booted the OpenMoko userspace
with a self-built kernel on my EZX/JUIX-based A910, all with nothing
more than a bog-standard mini-USB cable.)
Me, I'm eschewing all DRMed and/or fixed-firmware smartphones while
limping along with my boringly dumb and proprietary but cheap and
generic, unlocked-SIMM, no-contract-tie-down Motorola RAZRv3 -- and
monitoring Open Handset Alliance members' offerings with interest.
I might eventually just brew my own, if nothing suitable emerges as
prepackaged handsets -- but it's really nice to know that Android's
an option alongside OpenMoko/Qtopia. Thanks, Google.
And Dalvik is a neat hack. Why should I care if it's useful towards
Google's business interests? It's potentially useful for me, too.
As I like to say, in the end what matters is code and licensing,
licensing and code.)
 Knowing the monopolistic and control-mad telco industry as I do, I'd
speculate that the impetus came almost entirely from T-Mobile.
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