Google Android in Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit

As open source smartphone platform, Google Android’s kernel code was removed from the 2.6.33 Linux code base by the Linux Kernel community in last December has been widely discussed. Now the 4th Annual Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit is holding in San Francisco, and Google has apparently broached the topic of bringing Android back to the Linux kernel.

Google open source programs manager Chris DiBona told that Google will hire two Android coders to work with kernel.org according ZDNet’s Paula Rooney and acknowledged that Google needs to do a “better job” of contributing Android patches back to the Linux kernel.

Developers from Google’s Android team are due to meet the Linux kernel devs in the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit and Linux Foundation executive director Jim Zemlin said: “I think they can hopefully work it out… the purpose of this event is to table those conversations.”

The reintegration would not be too hard because Google has deliberately stuck very close to the main Linux kernel with Android, but DiBona noted that it would be a “multi-year” process at the same time.

About Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit
The Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit is an exclusive, invitation-only summit gathering core kernel developers, distribution maintainers, ISVs, end users, system vendors and other community organizations for plenary sessions and workgroup meetings to meet face-to-face to tackle and solve the most pressing issues facing Linux today

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