Posted Mar 25, 2011 17:06 UTC (Fri) by b7j0c (guest, #27559)
Posted Mar 27, 2011 13:30 UTC (Sun) by alankila (guest, #47141)
Posted Mar 27, 2011 15:44 UTC (Sun) by bronson (subscriber, #4806)
If you're only referring to Android then it's unlikely but possible I guess. But, open source as a whole?? Not a chance. (and I have nothing at all to do with Google other than being annoyed by their recruiters)
Posted Mar 27, 2011 19:56 UTC (Sun) by alankila (guest, #47141)
And even if no open source person bought any android device, I doubt it would affect Android's popularity much. We are a tiny minority, and the average user just doesn't care. So what we think is irrelevant in the grand scheme of things. Android's survival is in hands of Google, who according to the FAQ commits enough professional engineering resources to make it work, so Google doesn't actually need our community's approval. (And hasn't gained it, for what it's worth.)
I also think that a lot of the whining here is going overboard. What if Google releases Honeycomb source next month? Everyone here talking about how this is the end of open Android will just end up looking pretty silly. Their FAQ states that source releases are part of the strategy of maintaining the platform's viability. I expect them to do what is best for the platform as they see it.
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