On Saturday, 20 December 2014 at 11:57:49 UTC, ketmar via
i still can't understand how buying
closed proprietary crap supports FOSS. and android is still
system with opened source, not FOSS.
I'll tell you how. First off, all the external OSS projects that
AOSP builds on, whether the linux kernel or gpsd or gcc, get much
more usage and patches because they're being commercially used.
Android has had their linux kernel patches merged back upstream
into the mainline linux kernel.
Once companies saw Android taking off, they started a non-profit
called Linaro to develop the linux/ARM OSS stack, mostly for
Android but also for regular desktop distros, and share resources
with each other, employing several dozen paid developers who only
put out OSS work, which benefits everyone, ie both OSS projects
and commercial vendors:
If they hadn't had success with Android commercially, there's no
way they do that. I keep making this point to you, that pure OSS
has never and will never do well, that it can only succeed in a
Linux, by the way, is not a real FOSS for me. not until it will
GPLv3, which will never happen.
What will never happen is the GPLv3 ever taking off.