Will Android Fork Rejoin Linux Mainline?
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Among the hot button items that erupted at LinuxCon 2010 last year was a debate over Android in the Linux kernel. Now at LinuxCon 2011, none other than Linus Torvalds, the founder of Linux, addressed the issue of where Android and Linux stand.
"There is still a lot of merging to be done," Torvalds said. "I don't think it will happen right away; it will take a few years."
Android diverges from Linux in a number of areas, including power management.
"There is some core infrastructure that Android has done differently than the way we did it," Linux kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman said. "The community has provided different solutions than the Google solution with timers and power management."