Web Excursions 2021-10-21

Introducing Android™ Apps on Windows 11 to Windows Insiders

  • To enable these types of experiences, we are introducing a new component on top of Windows 11 called Windows Subsystem for Android,

    • which powers the Amazon Appstore and its catalog.

  • The Subsystem includes

    • the Linux kernel and

    • the Android OS

    • based on the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) version 11.

  • It is distributed through the Microsoft Store as part of the Amazon Appstore install,

    • which will allow users to stay updated over time as we continue to add support for more APIs, capabilities, and scenarios.

  • The Subsystem runs in a Hyper-V Virtual Machine,

    • like the Windows Subsystem for Linux.

    • It understands how to map the runtime and APIs of apps in the AOSP environment to

      • the Windows graphic layer,

      • the memory buffers,

      • the input modes,

      • the physical and virtual devices, and

      • the sensors.

  • The Windows Subsystem for Android is available across the full spectrum of Windows processor types (AMD, Intel, and Qualcomm).

    • We are partnering with Intel to leverage Intel Bridge Technology

      • to enable Arm-only apps to run on AMD and Intel devices,

    • The Subsystem requires Windows 11 machines to meet minimum system requirements

See also Support docs - Windows Subsystem for Android.

Copyleft Compliance Projects - Software Freedom Conservancy

Software Freedom Conservancy announced today it has filed a lawsuit against Vizio Inc. for what it calls repeated failures to fulfill even the basic requirements of the General Public License (GPL).

According to Sandler, the organization first raised the issue of non-compliance with the GPL with Vizio in August 2018. After a year of diplomatic attempts to work with the company, it was not only still refusing to comply, but stopped responding to inquiries altogether as of January 2020.

[It is] the first legal case that focuses on the rights of individual consumers as third-party beneficiaries of the GPL.

Software Freedom Conservancy files GPL lawsuit against Vizio | Hacker News


  • This looks to be a major change in the legal strategy behind GPL.

    • In the past the focus has been on copyright claims by copyright holders, but as recent cases has shown in Germany and France, those has faced some rather strange setbacks.

    • Germany don't seem to want to recognize copyright holders that only contributed a part of a larger work, which is basically all copyright holders for larger FOSS projects.

    • In France they seems to define GPL as being under contract law and not under copyright law.

  • In this new case, the SFC is arguing a case in the context of third-party beneficiary which is under contract law and not copyright law.

    • It seems like a bit of an long-shot, but if won it could mean a major change in interpreting GPL as a contract rather than a copyright license.

    • I would guess that it also would change their strategy in other countries if won.