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P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Android should no longer be considered open source: a pattern of enclosure by Google
Because Android operates its own Google-controlled fiefdom outside of the upstream stack, its growing popularity doesn’t materially benefit upstream Linux. As more hardware vendors flock to Android, the growing ubiquity of Google’s platform necessarily marginalizes the healthier and more inclusive environment that exists upstream.
This pressure will push people towards ubuntu and other truly open software over time, on tablet and phone. The cell net providers are pushed towards commodity prices now. So, the profitability of smartphone cell nets is already starting to peak and move towards plateau in some ways. All it will take is one network of regional business people to invest in an open source hardware/software distributed internet approach, now that the software and hardware pieces of the puzzle are at hand. This is a reason to consider that now is actually a really good time for us to be in the space of developing #NextNet approaches. The first revenue creating markets look like rural and urban (both are places where clusters of business people can provide the relatively small amount of capital needed to establish new networks that they can immediately use in their business). Device markets will be totally different in the ecology of a growing distributed internet.