Dalvik Spreads Android Apps

The Dalvik virtual machine is being ported to other platforms other than Android/Linux. This makes it trivial for Android apps to run on GNU/Linux and to spread to x86 systems. I love it.

Can you see a smartphone user having GNU/Linux on his desktop/notebook/netbook so that he can use the same app on all of the machines via Dalvik? I can. This is only the second month of 2011 and Android apps will soon be everywhere. ARM will soon be everywhere too making these apps feel at home.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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8 Responses to Dalvik Spreads Android Apps

  1. ray says:

    debian does. But not freebsd. Otherwise, they would be violating the gpl for releasing it in the bsd license.

  2. Debian uses some GNU and some BSD in its GNU/KFreeBSD.

    see http://packages.debian.org/squeeze/kfreebsd-image-8.1-1-686

    “Debian GNU/kFreeBSD

    Debian GNU/kFreeBSD is a port that consists of GNU userland using the GNU C library on top of FreeBSD’s kernel, coupled with the regular Debian package set.”
    see http://www.debian.org/ports/kfreebsd-gnu/

  3. Ray says:

    FreeBSD doesn’t incude GNU.

  4. I recommend GNU/Linux but there are other alternatives these days: GNU/FreeBSD and Android/Linux, for instance. Creators of applications can provide the same service to customers at a lower cost and with higher reliability. That seems like good business to me.

  5. oldman says:

    “There’s nothing wrong with business/commerce. There is something wrong with interminable monopoly.”

    So the fact that people prefer to use applications on a commercial platform that is owned and developed by one company (i.e. Microsoft) is wrong, eh?

    What should we use Pog?

  6. There’s nothing wrong with business/commerce. There is something wrong with interminable monopoly.

  7. oldman says:

    Once again you neglect to relate a part of the article:

    “The idea is to get manufacturers to preinstall Alien Dalvik, as the company calls its virtual machine, or licence the VM to developers who can bundle it with their applications.”

    So what we have here is a commercial software company who is prepared to license their product, presumably for a fee.

    Have you embraced commercial software Pog?

  8. Ray says:

    Still waiting for Icedtea on windows…

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