Android, a Fork? Torvalds and Kroah-Hartman don’t agree!

Although I don’t presently own an Android phone, I’m really exited about Google’s version of Gnu/Linux that operates on “their” cell phones. I look forward to owning one in the near future.

There’s a lot of confusion about Andriod. I know it’s a systems run on the Linux kernel proper. That is, apparently Google replaced the GNU userland entirely and kept the Linux kernel. Thus, this may be the only case where calling a Linux based system “Linux” and not “Gnu/Linux” may be correct –much to Stallman’s dismay, I suspect.

What I can’t wrap my head around is when two massively important leaders –the original author and one of two current Linux kernel stable branch maintainers– within Linux development don’t agree on what Andriod is. Hear it for yourself …

Android is not a fork, according to Greg Kroah-Hartman,

Andriod is a fork, according to Linus Torvalds, the original writer of the Linux kernel.

Maurice Cepeda

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