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Google Holds Honeycomb Tight (Business Week)

Google Holds Honeycomb Tight (Business Week)

Posted Mar 24, 2011 23:43 UTC (Thu) by gfarnum (subscriber, #61971)
In reply to: Google Holds Honeycomb Tight (Business Week) by kragil
Parent article: Google Holds Honeycomb Tight (Business Week)

I'm confused. Is Honeycomb entirely a userspace change from previous Android OSes, or is Google in fact violating the GPL by refusing to release Honeycomb source?


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Google Holds Honeycomb Tight (Business Week)

Posted Mar 24, 2011 23:54 UTC (Thu) by dtlin (✭ supporter ✭, #36537) [Link]

Android Licenses

Android is mostly ASL 2.0, with some proprietary bits and a GPL 2.0 kernel. As far as I can tell, the kernel sources are published; it's most of the rest of the platform that people are talking about here.

Google Holds Honeycomb Tight (Business Week)

Posted Mar 25, 2011 1:06 UTC (Fri) by randomguy3 (subscriber, #71063) [Link]

There doesn't seem to have been any suggestion of possible violations, and I don't really see how they could have violated the GPL unless they're distributing a binary version to people that they aren't also providing the source code to.

Google Holds Honeycomb Tight (Business Week)

Posted Mar 25, 2011 8:37 UTC (Fri) by job (guest, #670) [Link]

I believe you can buy tablets running Honeycomb so they would be distributing binaries here. But I don't know what code the article refers to as being held back, perhaps it is the userspace (under BSD-like license) only. Google probably knows better than blatantly violating the GPL.

Google Holds Honeycomb Tight (Business Week)

Posted Mar 25, 2011 17:01 UTC (Fri) by b7j0c (guest, #27559) [Link]

or maybe they are just assuming that they can get away with it, which they seem to be doing

any lingering guilt i had over blocking google ads just vanished

Google Holds Honeycomb Tight (Business Week)

Posted Mar 25, 2011 17:57 UTC (Fri) by martinfick (subscriber, #4455) [Link]

Google isn't distributing any devices, so they are not even responsible for distributing the source, the device manufacturers (Motorola) are.


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