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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.
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| 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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http://www.forbes.com/sites/timothylee/2011/09/28/the-kindle-fire-and-the-triumph-of-open-source/
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