Gphone isn't open, linux dev not possible
lalo.martins at gmail.com
Mon Nov 19 02:10:26 CET 2007
Also spracht Jose Manuel Ferrer Mosteiro (Fri, 16 Nov 2007 12:56:06
> Final comment: well, it is possible
Running a C app in the emulator is almost entirely irrelevant. There's
no guarantee the emulator even resembles the final platform -- or for
that matter, that the final platform will be all the same hardware. And
that said, it's just another Linux system.
For someone to claim to "write a C android app", what would be required
would be for the app to communicate with the "Surface Manager" and
display a GUI, and/or communicate with the android databases (phone book,
call log, whatever), and/or communicate with the device drivers (eg, make
a call, receive an SMS). Some of these could even be done "out" of the
emulator -- if you have a PC app that "talks" to the Surface Manager,
then that's acceptable as a proof of "android development".
For the time being, the information we have is that this is not
supported, won't be supported at least until the hardware launch, and may
be impossible. Which, as I said before, means all the millions
(billions?) of LOC of existing C open source and free software can't be
reused on android -- which, even if it was truly open, would make it
quite pointless to me.
So many of our dreams at first seem impossible,
then they seem improbable, and then, when we
summon the will, they soon become inevitable.
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