Dalvik VM works on native Linux now for ARM and x86 (PCs), but the problem is the libraries on top. Hardware is locked by either [Direct-Rendering-Manager for X11, sound by PulseAudio, etc] OR [SurfaceFlinger, AudioFlinger, etc]. Until one side (Linux userspace) supports enough of the other's (Android Libs) APIs, APKs won't work in a Linux userspace.
It doesn't need to be native support, what you need is something like wine that translates android API calls into normal Linux userspace API calls.
Originally Posted by snadrus
Even if they did, it would be a weird mismatch (like, where does the notification bar go?).
Where all other notifications go, in the system tray.
they aren't being assholey. they don't write software for charity. if it made dollars, they would do it. they aren't just gonna support it because of GNU morality. not to mention that linux support is a nightmare of different distros with different versions of the same upstream software. it is much harder to track bugs for say debian kde vs. arch with lxde. they have different libraries with different versions of pulseaudio, gtk+, qt4, glibc, gcc, x.org, mesa. i remember avast having different bugs on different versions of ubuntu, but working fine in rhel and debian.
Same argument can be applied to Steam... it doesn't hold much worth and you can use it freely on a variety of discussions.
Also, why should I pay AND get DRM and being limited to Windows and Silverlight?
That is getting fucked in the ass twice or thrice!
You're paying to get fucked in the ass.
No thanks, I'll just use The Pirate Bay instead and get movies free, fast, convenient and without DRM. Play it at any device, at any system, at any time. Anywhere, whenever.
Exactly this, I wish these companies would realize how fucking stupid and draconian drm is. here are the facts:
Movies get leaked whether streaming services like netflix have drm or not, it does absolutely NOTHING to prevent movies and tv from leaking. 5 minutes after a tv show airs I can torrent it in 720p, there's no fucking reason to put limitations on the people that are actually PAYING to stream.
DRM only limits the paying customers. A pirate can easily pirate any movie or tv show in hd quality, and watch it with no restrictions on any device they please, and can keep the movie as long as they please. A paying customer has to jump through more hoops. Even more so if they are on a platform that isn't "DRM-blessed", such as linux.
You want to make things as convenient as possible for paying customers. Don't impose pointless restrictions, don't restrict what platforms they can use to watch things. If I could natively stream netflix as easy as it is in windows, I'd be glad to pay for it. As it is now there's no way in hell I'd pay for it.
They need to adapt their business models to the digital age, instead of lashing out like a fish out of water.