January 4, 2013

Does Android Still Qualify as Free Software?

3160643428_1d59055853_o.jpgThere is no question that the Android mobile operating system now stands as a true open source success story. When Android began ramping up in 2008, few thought that it would rise to the top of the mobile operating system heap. And the Android SDK (Software Development Kit) has been at the heart of that rise, helping developers build a healthy ecosystem of apps and technologies to drive Android forward.

Now, though, the latest terms and conditions for the Android SDK include language that some are saying imply that Android no longer qualifies as free software.

Here is some of the language in question, from the Android SDK terms and conditions document: "...you may not: (a) copy (except for backup purposes), modify, adapt, redistribute, decompile, reverse engineer, disassemble, or create derivative works of the SDK or any part of the SDK."...Read more at Ostatic


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