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Helpful lawyers think Google stole Linux code

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Legal analysts argue Android may be lifting code from the Linux kernel

In a nutshell, Google decided for technical reasons to avoid using the glibc library of Linux kernel headers (which most distros use for the interface between the kernel and applications) and instead create their own Bionic library that comes with what Google believes is a better (less broken) set of kernel headers for Android applications to use.

The headers within Bionic, according to Google, are thoroughly cleaned of any comments or content that might be considered copyrightable works. The only thing that is left are standards-based constants, macros, and type definitions that many in the software development/legal arena consider facts, because they’re not doing anything, they’re just telling applications “here’s how to interface with the kernel.”


Written by bernardhornet

March 21, 2011 at 11:05 pm

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