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Do they use Linux

Do Tablets such as Android and ipads use some version of linux or is it a specific type of software ?
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Re: Do they use Linux

Android use the Android operating system which is based on Linux.
Apple use iOS which is based on black magic.
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I thought iOS was based on BBC Basic Wink

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Android is derived from Linux - you could say it's a version of Linux as it uses the Linux Kernel - many of the drivers are often closed source though and quite specific for mobile devices.
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Re: Do they use Linux

Android is a derivative of linux
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_(operating_system)
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Android is an operating system based on the Linux kernel, and designed primarily for touchscreen mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers. Initially developed by Android, Inc., which Google backed financially and later bought in 2005

IOS is based on unix
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IOS
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iOS is derived from OS X, with which it shares the Darwin foundation and various application frameworks. iOS is Apple's mobile version of the OS X operating system used on Apple computers.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OS_X
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OS X previously Mac OS X is a series of Unix-based graphical interface operating systems developed, marketed, and sold by Apple Inc
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Re: Do they use Linux

They may be Linux-based but they aren't open source.

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http://source.android.com/
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The ANDROID source maybe available, but the code used in most of the tablets/phones is NOT. There is a lot of closed source drivers in them.
You cannot compile an android source and expect it to run on most tablets. You will not have any input etc.
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Agreed, as per my reply
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- many of the drivers are often closed source though and quite specific for mobile devices.

A few phone manufacturers release their code (kernel source code is available for my Acer Liquid E2 Duo for example) but, of course, it's only of real use for that particular combination of hardware.
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They may be Linux-based but they aren't open source.

But that wasn't the question....

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Re: Do they use Linux

Many people equate Linux with open source.
They are often substantially identical - but not with mobile phones.
This message was written on a Linux, open source device.  Cheesy

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The ANDROID source maybe available, but the code used in most of the tablets/phones is NOT. There is a lot of closed source drivers in them.
You cannot compile an android source and expect it to run on most tablets. You will not have any input etc.

Might be worth looking at http://www.cyanogenmod.org
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Duff link.......
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was in Maplins, this morning, and noticed this book on the shelf....
May be of interest to readers of this thread....
http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/building-android-apps-in-easy-steps-n85nf
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Re: Do they use Linux

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Do Tablets such as Android and ipads use some version of linux or is it a specific type of software ?

Linux Kernel 3.0.31 on my Sister's Android fondleslab.