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http://arstechnica.com/open-source/n...-platforms.ars

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The projects that VisionMobile analyzed include Android, Eclipse, the Linux kernel, MeeGo, Firefox, Qt, Symbian (based on the governance model of the Symbian Foundation prior to the the platform's transition back to a closed model), and WebKit. They ranked these projects in an "open governance index" based on the percentage of points that they received. Google's Android mobile operating system ranked the lowest, with only 23 percent. The Eclipse integrated development environment ranked the highest, with 84 percent. Android was the only project in the study that scored less than 58 percent.
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post #2 of 47
Open them doors google . .
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Isn't it also the hardware companies that we can blame for this? Wasn't the latest Google phone released, I believe it was the Nexus S(?), much more open source than that of an HTC, LG, Samsung, Motorola, etc. Even though they were all using the Google OS they still make tweaks to it to close it down before they release it (yes?)
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This isn't exactly surprising seeing that Google is essentially imitating the Windows strategy, but with more "geek cred" via open source.

If Google imitated the Linux strategy, it's likely that Android would be nowhere as mainstream as it is today.
 
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Originally Posted by DullBoi View Post
Open them doors google . .

The moment they do that the Android project is finished.

With full access to the source hardware manufacturers will have a field day trying to create custom versions for their phones, and within a year Android will cease to exist, being replaced by Android Sense, Android TouchWiz, Android MotoBlur, etc... Since they will be so fundamentally different that nobody will be able to develop apps for all of them.

Imagine if Gnome and KDE were proprietary, so that if you wanted to run a GTK app you would need to install Gnome, and Gnome would only be available on Fedora. If you wanted to run a Qt app you would need KDE, which would only be available on openSUSE.

That's what will happen if Android goes full open source.

Also, Apple will probably sue Google for infringing on 500 bogus patents once they dig evidence out of the source and twist it around until it says what they want it to say.

If anything Android is too open source.
    
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It needs to be locked down in some fashion in order to keep the OS similar across so many different phone models...
 
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post #7 of 47
Well there you have it: To open, or not to open, that is the question.
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Given that my primary OS is Windows, I can't really say I'm a huge proponent of open source operating system but I would like so see Android x86 Project keep pace with the official release. I think Android x86 could really work as an alternative OS on older laptops.
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post #9 of 47
I like the idea of "open source," but quite frankly, I'd welcome a bit more "closed" source if it helped to have better universal support for various services. ::cough::NETFLIXHULU::cough::
    
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Can't compare apples to oranges. A web browser (Firefox) compared to a mobile operating system (Android)? Give me a break. Also, since when is being the most open necessarily a good thing? Companies like Google have to find a balance.
     
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