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drag did not compare Debian with Android, but Debian with CyanogenMod, if I'm not mistaken.
OT: CyanogenMod, Debian, etc.
Posted Jun 27, 2012 15:51 UTC (Wed) by drag (subscriber, #31333)
Personally I think that Linux distributions can learn a lot from Android. Specifically: that package consistency and compatibility between distributions matters massively even though everybody pretends it doesn't.
Posted Jun 27, 2012 21:38 UTC (Wed) by rodgerd (guest, #58896)
My first Android device was an X10 mini pro running 1.6. I upgraded to 2.1. Then I upgraded to one of the Cyanogen-derived X10 2.2 releases. Then I got an Xperia Mini Pro running 2.3. Now I have 4.0 on it. Through that time I've been able to install and write applications that ran on 1.6 through to 4.0 without recompiling, and upgrade the OS under them; conversely I've been able to upgrade some applications to significant new releases without having to upgrade my whole operating system.
Desktop Linux is a pile of shit by comparison, from a user perspective, no matter how many times people stick their fingers in their ears and chant "la-la-la-I-can't-hear-you-users-don't-want-that".
Posted Jun 28, 2012 9:19 UTC (Thu) by dgm (subscriber, #49227)
But one thing is realizing that something has to be done, and another completely different is making it happen. Distros here are in fact part of the problem, because for many current Linux users they are "good enough".
Also, distro developers tend to like the way they do things now.
Posted Jun 27, 2012 18:57 UTC (Wed) by clump (subscriber, #27801)
drag has a point that traditional distributions can learn from Android. Fair enough. Android, and its derivatives, could learn a lot from traditional distributions. I don't like the popularity argument for reasons I explained in another post.
I would argue that the success of Android isn't tied to its development model, its tied to the resources of Google. On the contrary, I see success despite its development model.
Posted Jun 27, 2012 19:24 UTC (Wed) by dlang (✭ supporter ✭, #313)
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