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Ali Baba and the Giant of Mountain View
Authored by: tknarr on Friday, September 14 2012 @ 11:10 PM EDT

From what I see, Aliyun is not a fork of Android. It's Linux-based and binary-compatible with Android in that it has Dalvik and runs standard Android packages, but the OS itself is based on Linux directly and wasn't derived from Android.

And I suspect that's the key to the thing: Google would be OK with a non-Android OS running non-Android apps and not dealing with Google's services. What they have heartburn with is a non-Android OS running Android apps and from what I can tell trying to appear as if it were Android (including down to running some of the Google apps). If I were Google, I wouldn't want any part of that either. It'd be like a Windows developer trying to support a Windows app running on what was advertised as running Windows apps but in fact is Wine running on Linux. If I were that developer, I'd similarly say to a reseller "You want to do that, you're on your own. I'm not renewing my contracts to support my software on your systems, I'm not going to renew my agreements to provide you with extra internal documentation, and if anyone calls me and they're using one of their systems I'm just going to tell them I can't help them and they should call you.". I could in theory keep things in place for their real Windows systems and only refuse to support the Wine ones, but inevitably they're going to try to wiggle in through the real-Windows-system support line and it's just not worth the hassle.

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