Android & Linux FUD

You don’t think there’s a war over freedom going on? That’s what they want you to think. Just because I’m paranoid doesn’t mean it’s not true.

Oracle and Microsoft could cash in big on Android

Microsoft’s Android Shakedown

Do you think that patent issues and all this money changing hands has nothing to do with Linux? Just follow the money. While most of the legal attention focuses on Dalvik, the Android implementation of the Java virtual machine, the public perception of Linux is also tarnished to anyone who understands that Android is a Linux distribution. I can only imagine what people think about what is going on. News like this is concerning because Android is otherwise the most visible success for open source software. Thanks to Android more people than ever before now use Linux in the palm of their hands (whether they know it or not) than traditional Linux desktops. Fundamentally I think the patent system is what is really broken and all this activity is the most visible symptom of the underlying problem. What do you think? Please comment below.

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