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Linux Kernel 3.3 to Once Again Include Android Code
Those of you who use a Linux-based OS will probably be aware that V3.3 of the Linux Kernel was released a few days ago. Although the majority of the changes are not what we would generally discuss here on the Portal, there is one thing that is relevant to our interests, and that is the fact that for the first time since 2010 the Linux Kernel once again includes code from the Android project.
According to the official release notes for V3.3:
For a long time, code from the Android project has not been merged back to the Linux repositories due to disagreement between developers from both projects. Fortunately, after several years the differences are being ironed out. Various Android subsystems and features have already been merged, and more will follow in the future. This will make things easier for everybody, including the Android dev community, or Linux distributions that want to support Android programs.
This is obviously good news for the Android community, and goes some way towards bridging the gap between the Android project and the mainline. A much more detailed look at how and why this change came about can be found here. In summary though, as mentioned in the release notes, it will undoubtedly help those who wish to make use of Android applications in a Linux environment, and should also be very beneficial to vendors wishing to provide Android compatible hardware, which can only be a good thing right?
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