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How open is Google’s Android?


People debate how “open” various open-source projects all the time. In fact, the very way I made that statement is charged because I didn’t include the phrase “free software.” Sometimes these arguments get more serious though. For example, in VisionMobile, a market research firm, A new way of measuring Openness, from Android to WebKit: The Open Governance Index report the company declared that Android was the least open project they examined. Chris DiBona, Google’s open-source manager, vehemently disagrees.

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