Toward a freer Android

November 11, 2009

This article on LWN surveys the Android landscape now that "the dust has mostly settled after Google’s shutdown of the Cyanogen build".

Solving the rest of the problems should not be all that hard. If the gmail application never becomes available, mail can be read through IMAP instead – and that might just inspire some people to help improve the somewhat painful email application currently shipped with Android.

The article reads (to me) as a mostly positive "to arms!" with regard to Android. But in the intervening month, I think it’s become clear that Android isn’t a "real" open source platform, and doesn’t really sit well in the Linux ecosystem. Personally I’m still feeling burned about Android, but I have a lot of hope for the N900 and new versions of Maemo.

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