Jeff Hoogland goes to great lengths to promote the idea that somehow Android/Linux is not a distro of Linux…
|Android’s kernel is a Fork||So? Google took a snapshot of Linux and added drivers and stuff that changed Linux in ways that don’t work for other devices. That’s being worked on and the Android/Linux kernel will be remerged sooner or later. It would be more correct to say Android uses a patched Linux kernel. Android is using newer versions of the kernel all the time and 2.6.37 now includes features that may well accomplish what Android’s WakeLocks do.|
|Where is the brand name?||Idiocy has no bounds as he argues that “Linux” in the brand name is lethal… Tell that to Red Hat (Red Hat Enterprise Linux) or Suse (Suse Linux Enterprise), which did make money and grew for Novell, or IBM which certifies Linux on all their systems, or ZaReason that sells only noOS or GNU/Linux PCs. Can these successful and growing businesses be wrong about the value of “Linux” in advertising?|
|Companies that don’t support Linux support Android||Irrelevant. I don’t support M$ but I support personal computing. So what? That’s irrelevant. That’s probably wrong in the case of Android/Linux as well. Motorola which is big in Android in the market, has supported Linux phones for ages (A790 – 2003, i886 currently), and you can find FLOSS downloads of Linux-based products like Atrix WebTop.|
|“Android applications however are all java based, meaning you need an emulator like Alien Dalvik to get them to run on other platforms”||Huh? Java is write once run everywhere. Dalvik has ports to other Distros as well. One can write native ARM applications that run in native mode on Android. The language in which an application is written has no bearing on what the operating system may be or may be called. Dalvik is a completely different virtual machine from JVM but it still runs on Linux.|
|Microsoft doesn’t make money off of Linux pre-installed Machines||They won’t make money off of Android/Linux much longer either, because Google and Barnes and Noble and others will fight rather than pay the thug.|
|Where is the source code?||see http://android.git.kernel.org/|
Hoogland writes, “Yes Android is Linux based it is not however Linux any longer”
This confuses the idea that the kernel is the OS, something the rest of the world has known about for ages. The kernel is Linux. The distro/operating system is Android/Linux!
There is a video from an Android developer describing the operation of Android. In it he explicitly states that an Android process is a Linux process (4:00).