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seibertjd said:
Is it possible to take the open source kernel from WebOS which has the drivers in it and modify it to work with Froyo for an early release?
Yeah, I'm just not sure how much differences there would be compared to an android kernel. So there might be some level of porting required, and porting as the kernel version required for each new android release changes. This was a small issue going from froyo to gingerbread, but a larger issue going from gingerbread to HC.
 

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Joenathan said:
Most drivers are proprietary and their source code is never released, whereas when using the Linux kernel companies are forced to abide by the GPL license and release the source code.

Having said that, the source code for the kernel would be nice to have and would give the devs greater access to the hardware but isn't at all necessary to progress.
It absolutely is necessary to progress. Look at the Viewsonic Gtablet and other Tegra2 tablets that are stuck without a totally working honeycomb port because Nvidia never released a honeycomb compatible kernel for it.
 
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