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Old 2nd April, 2009, 04:31 PM
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Google Android OS on Netbooks

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By getting Hewlett-Packard, Dell and other hardware OEMs to consider the Android operating system for their netbooks, Google has ripped a page right out of Microsoft's playbook.

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This is stupid. Android is a great smartphone platform but a crappy netbook platform. Mobile computing should be getting closer to a PC experience, not further away. Give me a netbook-optimized Ubuntu or Moblin distrobution so I can run real applications, not just the ones Google wants me to use.

Arstechnica sums it up better than I can:
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Android is designed to use its own software ecosystem and there is absolutely no glidepath for porting conventional desktop Linux applications to make them run on Android. If a company that is using Linux today on its existing products (HP uses a heavily customized version of Ubuntu on its netbooks) decides to adopt Android, that company will have to throw away practically their entire native userspace development investment and rebuild it all on top of Google's unique APIs, which pretty much locks the software to Google's platform.
HP considers dropping Windows for Android in netbooks - Ars Technica
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