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  • #81
    Originally posted by aht0 View Post
    Do you even think for a fucking second, before writing down such bs?
    Oh dear ... getting all ad-hominem, are you? Run out of rational arguments, have you?

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    • #82
      Originally posted by aht0 View Post
      Android.. is just communication/light entertainment platform filling it's niche. It's not really usable for much more.
      Android is Linux.

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      • #83
        Originally posted by ldo17 View Post
        Android is Linux.
        No!
        Linux is just an OS kernel, not a complete OS like e.g. Solaris or Android.

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        • #84
          Originally posted by drSeehas View Post
          No!
          Linux is just an OS kernel, not a complete OS like e.g. Solaris or Android.

          “On top of the operating system is the rest of the system software. Here we find the command interpreter (shell), window systems, compilers, editors, and similar application-independent programs. It is important to realize that these programs are definitely not part of the operating system, even though they are typically supplied preinstalled by the computer manufacturer, or in a package with the operating system if it is installed after purchase. This is a crucial, but subtle, point. The operating system is (usually) that portion of the software that runs in kernel mode or supervisor mode. It is protected from user tampering by the hardware ...”

          -- Tanenbaum & Woodhull, “Operating Systems Design And Implementation”, third edition, page 3

          That is the well-known “MINIX Book”, by the way. So you see, by that definition, Linux is very definitely an ”operating system”.

          Perhaps by “operating system” you meant what is more usually called (at least in the Linux world) a “distro”? Those are commonly referred to under the blanket term of “Linux”, too.

          And if you follow the link I gave, you should see that Android is very definitely capable of being a full-fledged member of that group.

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          • #85
            Originally posted by ldo17 View Post
            ... Perhaps by “operating system” you meant what is more usually called (at least in the Linux world) a “distro”? ...
            This.
            By “operating system” I mean something like FreeBSD, Solaris, Microsoft Windows, macOS, Android, SUSE, Debian, Ubuntu, Gentoo ...
            There IS no Linux operating system.

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            • #86
              https://www.gnu.org/gnu/linux-and-gnu.html
              There really is a Linux, and these people are using it, but it is just a part of the system they use. Linux is the kernel: the program in the system that allocates the machine's resources to the other programs that you run. The kernel is an essential part of an operating system, but useless by itself; it can only function in the context of a complete operating system. Linux is normally used in combination with the GNU operating system: the whole system is basically GNU with Linux added, or GNU/Linux. All the so-called “Linux” distributions are really distributions of GNU/Linux.
              It should clear it up.

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