Sunday, 2 January 2011

Gingerbread branch appears to be open..

Those of you who watch the android open-source tree will have noticed a couple of interesting additions lately; specifically, the gingerbread manifest branch and platform/external/chromium.git.

I also notice that someone has been paying attention to the OOM killer and KVM in the android common kernel tree. Sadly, I think KVM is probably a bit heavyweight for this generation of devices, but containers could be a bit of a contender for allowing you to run multiple virtual STBs at the same time - might be a nice way to store your STB (and PVR) in the cloud and have it virtualised onto whatever hardware you happened to be watching at the moment.

For what it's worth, head seems to be building fine for me and the changes thus far seem quite easy to live with. Certainly much nicer to random undocumented API users like me than Linux was at the corresponding stage in its development ..

Also, Happy New Year!

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