Posted Oct 21, 2008 18:19 UTC (Tue) by sladen
Parent article: Android source available
People getting involved, comes over they get the thrill that they can tweak and improve.
If somebody can build-test cycle the whole thing on their laptop in under five minutes, they tend to be more likely to be involved and more likely to join the club.
Fast build-test-debug means small chucks, which means modularity; cf.:
- a fairly large and (by default) monolithic office productivity suite
- a suite of modularised graphics card display drivers
- a retargetable operating system kernel where you can turn most of the code (drivers) off, or just stick to your plugin
I wonder which this 2 GB tarball is going to turn out to be?... And as a result, how many [willing] contributors it is going to have.
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