Tag Archives: Open

Google says “no source for you!”

Google is holding onto the source code for Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) for the “foreseeable future.”  Google is free to do this as only certain bits of android are covered under the GPL with the rest covered under an Apache 2 licenseAndroid users love to say out open their OS if choice is so I’m curious to see what you have to say about Google’s choice to hide Honeycombs choice.

The iPad is more open

I’ve argued before about what “open” means to the end user and I think this guy really nails why the iPad is more “open” than other devices.  A lot of in-the-know technical people will state that the iPad is a closed box because it can do certain things.  For example, one might argue that the iPad doesn’t play OGG files.  On the flip side an android device can’t play protected files from the iTunes store.  As a regular end user, which is going to be more important?  I argue that if the android device can’t play protected music from the iTunes store then the android device is going to be less useful to them and therefore less “open.”

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