Android in proprietary code tangle
Sean Michael Kerner at eWeek raised the topic of whether the Android operating system is truly open source in a blog post that highlighted the recent resignation of Jean-Baptiste Quéru, the maintainer of the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). Quéru's abrupt move throws the viability of Android as an open-source effort into question, noted Kerner.
The frustration was evident in a G+ post by Quéru. "There's no point being the maintainer of an Operating System that can't boot to the home screen on its flagship device for lack of GPU support," he wrote. "Especially when I'm getting the blame for something that I don't have authority to fix myself and that I had anticipated and escalated more than 6 months ahead."
Quéru is referring to the inability of AOSP to boot on the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 devices, due to proprietary code that Qualcomm is holding back. As such, the source code behind the factory images for the new Nexus 7 may never be published as a result.
The Fierce Take: An often-cited advantage of the Android platform is its open-source roots. As is evident here, the situation is far more complicated in the context of chipsets used in smartphones and tablet that requires the use of proprietary, non-open source code.
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