Bionic and uClibc
Posted Dec 28, 2012 23:59 UTC (Fri) by khim
In reply to: Bionic and uClibc
Parent article: GNU C library 2.17 released
In my experience you will find glibc (or uClibc) on many Android systems, especially tablets.
Define “many”, please. 1% of all Android devices will create a huge population: few millions, but that's still 1% and thus mostly irrelevant when we discuss “most systems with the Linux kernel”.
And, to step away from Android: don't forget the millions of VMs that are running Linux.
And so what? Even if we'll be extremely generous and somehow find out hundred millions of these mythical VMs these are still a drop in the bucket. New Android systems are created at rare of 1,5 million—per day. And if we are starting to talk about exotic things like Android tablets with glibc we should not forget about all these routers with uClibc (not glibc in sight because it's simply too heavy for these).
Sorry, but it's not even a contest: GLibC is not driving “most systems with the Linux kernel”.
It actually justifies “GNU/Linux” term which RMS tried to push for years and makes it useful: since most Linux systems out there are not GNU/Linux systems it's now quite useful to distinguish Linux systems and GNU/Linux.
Not sure if RMS will like such justification for it or not…
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