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post #11 of 41
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Originally Posted by Atomfix View Post
Linux is supposed to be open source and free.............
Pretty much this, as long as they distribute the source code of their mods, it doesn't matter (as I understand the GPL to be)
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post #12 of 41
All hail Linux, the free to use until you get sued OS.
post #13 of 41
well really depends on the distro of linux, but yea linux free, but google doesnt care, they will throw linux a $20 and they will be happy.
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post #14 of 41
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All hail Linux, the free to use until you get sued OS.
Don't make stupid relies if you don't know anything about licenses.
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post #15 of 41
Google keeps Android open source, how can they sue them for using linux?
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TL;DR

The way I understand it is we are paying for the phones. The software is free. However, certain features offered by the HARDWARE are disabled, unless paid for. You aren't paying for a software fix. You're paying for a hardware fix, provided via software.
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post #17 of 41
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Originally Posted by t3lancer2006 View Post
Google keeps Android open source, how can they sue them for using linux?
Apache Licence (DalvikVM) vs GPL Licensing (Potentially Stolen Code).

I forget how many lines it is probably like 700. Honestly, they could be rewritten in a very short time to avoid all this bad PR. In popular OSS there is always going to be someone trying to claim you ripped off their code, simply because they can see you code and see similarities. It's not like it's impossible to independently write the same code as someone else. If it wasn't I would be getting used for using "for (int i = 0; i < 10; i++)" on my homework.
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I forget how many lines it is probably like 700. Honestly, they could be rewritten in a very short time to avoid all this bad PR. In popular OSS there is always going to be someone trying to claim you ripped off their code, simply because they can see you code and see similarities. It's not like it's impossible to independently write the same code as someone else. If it wasn't I would be getting used for using "for (int i = 0; i < 10; i++)" on my homework.
True, true...but the odds of two people independently writing exactly 700 lines of perfectly identical code (less comments) is pretty slim...theoretically possible, but statistically unlikely I would wager. And the article certainly implies that the code is perfectly identical.
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post #19 of 41
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Originally Posted by chemicalfan View Post
Pretty much this, as long as they distribute the source code of their mods, it doesn't matter (as I understand the GPL to be)
GPL code can't be included with code licensed under the Apache Licence without the entire code base being mandatory changed to GPL.
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post #20 of 41
Does it really matter though? It's not like Google will have to kill Android. They might pay a hefty fine but big whoop...google has cashing out the ears.
 
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