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The Kindle Fire and the Triumph of Open Source
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| Todayâs big tech news is the release of a new generation of Amazon Kindles. Of
| particular interest is the Kindle Fire, a $199, 7-inch color touchscreen
| tablet based on Android. It seems destined to become the most credible
| competitor to the iPad.
| One point I havenât seen anyone make about this is the importance of open
| source software to the evolution of the tablet computing market. Google
| decided to make Android an open-source operating system, which meant that
| third parties could take the code, tweak it for their own needs, and sell
| competing Android-based products. Thatâs what Barnes and Noble did last year
| with the Nook Color, and itâs what Amazon did to create the Kindle Fire.
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