Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

A Real Effort To Mainline Android Changes In Linux

ghostoftiber (1859740) writes | more than 2 years ago

Android 2

ghostoftiber writes "From the article: "Tim Bird, a Sony engineering veteran and the chair of the Architecture Group of the Linux Foundation's CE Workgroup, has announced a new concerted effort to get Android's changes to the Linux kernel back into the mainline Linux kernel tree." Android has been using Linux 2.6.x for it's devices since it's release, with patches from Google. To date they haven't been merged back into the kernel mainline but existed on Some of the features such as wakelocks would help with Linux tablet projects, but other features aren't fully realized and support remains spotty. The radio interface layer — referred to as the RIL — still exists as an ati/nvidia-esque shimloader scheme with modem "drivers" being nothing more than ihex files loaded by open code."
Link to Original Source

Sorry! There are no comments related to the filter you selected.

First Post! (1)

ghostoftiber (1859740) | more than 2 years ago | (#38449982)

Things which would be nice - the Android patches get mainlined and actually attract some real developers to the code base. The current problem with the state of ROM "development" is that people seem to have half a clue, but very rarely use tools that people in the Linux community consider indispensable for organizing development. Cyanogen is the only group thus far to really embrace GIT. Other developers have followed suit but the differences in hardware make this a bear. Finally the community is sorely lacking in people who can actually write drivers. It would be a CHRISTMAS MIRACLE to see more interest from people who had talent and skills to do things like write open source drivers.

Android Christmas Miracle (1)

TheInternetGuy (2006682) | more than 2 years ago | (#38455212)

In addition to reaping all the obvious benefits of being in tree.

I wonder if it also Google's hope to seek the protection of the Open Innovation Network for portions of their code.

The interesting part is that Oracle is a licensee of OIN and as such agrees not to assert patents against the GNU/Linux environment (including competitors).

Check for New Comments
Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?