[ubuntu-uk] [OT] How free is the Android OS?

Michael G Fletcher michael at ilovemylinux.com
Thu Oct 16 21:52:42 BST 2008

Hi Guys, slightly off-topic, but I would appreciate your thoughts on this....

This was inspired by the news of the G1 phone being released in the UK
on the 30th of October (http://tinyurl.com/48s4gp).

Some questions;

* How free is the OS really?? I know it has a Linux based kernel and
will be open source (?), but with the 100% free OpenMoko, would OM be

* Is it worth tying into a contract with t-mobile (also phone will be
sim-locked), ie - does this go against what freedom is about, or is it
a necessary evil? (like proprietary drivers/firmware)

* Better to wait for the G2, G3 etc etc due to maturity of OS and
better hardware? or cooler to be an early adopter - assumable it will
be 'easily' upgradeable on the OS side.

* And the ultimate question... black or white?

Cheers :-)

Michael Fletcher

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