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Remember, while we still have zero access to options like Netflix on Linux, it's currently available on Chrome OS. So we know that this kind of content, through Google operating systems, is doable.

The really cool thing about this is that those who choose not to participate with DRM usage won't have to. Simply avoiding Flash and the Chrome browser (not Chrome OS) are a good place to start from this perspective.

And those who want access to the media that this DRM allows for may finally have the freedom to make this decision on an OS of their choosing. That will present some interesting debates in the near future. Software freedom arguments are likely to only grow more heated from here on out.

Android + Google Play = Happy Users

Google isn't looking to corral everyone into their own platform exclusively. Google is more than happy to capture you with their other portals, such as Google Play, for example.

When you consider the fact that Android apps will be able to run on the Linux desktop, this only serves to widen Google's already growing base of Android users. This means that options like Google Play will soon be viable (DRM and all). Music, movies and more will be available to users of all platforms using Google Play.

Android compatibility in the Linux kernel comes into play when Linux users want to enjoy Android applications from their Google Play accounts. While this is hardly the only way to enjoy Android on your desktop, Google has gone out of their way to make it fairly easy to access.

I personally believe that the bulk of Android adoption that will take place on the Linux desktop will transpire through Google Play.

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Android driving software development

One area that remains murky for me, is in trying to determine how Android applications on the Linux desktop affects new application development.

New software development translates into new stuff for me to play with. However, the real question is whether or not these new applications will be designed just for Android tablets and phones, or for a desktop experience as well.

And therein lies the problem. Even with all of these great Android applications making their way onto the Linux desktop, will the fact that they're designed for a touch-based interface prove to be a hindrance?

I can't help but think that any Android applications that do make their way onto the Linux desktop could be facing an uphill battle.

Native apps are more natural

One issue I wonder about: how Android apps will fare against the applications we already use on the Linux desktop?

Think about it this way: are we likely to replace applications that already work well? It's not too likely, since many natively running applications, like Thunderbird or LibreOffice, already work well and are designed for a keyboard/mouse environment.

In the end, I see Android applications presenting an interesting complement to an already strong library of natively supported FoSS applications for Linux. As far as I'm concerned, any benefits that Android compatibility can lend to the Linux desktop are welcome.

Yet when all is said and done, Android won't likely change the way existing Linux enthusiasts enjoy their desktop experience.

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