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Linux Standard Kernel 3.3 released, Android trapping in towRight on schedule (for taking place in the month of March, that is), the Linux Standard Kernel version 3.3 has been released, bringing a metric ton of Android driver support to the mix. While the release itself isn't all that exciting, what HP, homebrewers, and device manufacturers will be able to do with it is another thing entirely.

As we previously reported, the inclusion of Android driver support in the kernel means that software using it will be more easily installed and operated on a wide range of hardware - including Android smartphones and tablets. Of course, you wouldn't just be able to throw raw webOS with the Linux Standard Kernel onto a Droid RAZR and expect it to work right without a hitch - there are buttons and radios and the like that the kernels doesn't cover. It is possible that HP and the open source community could put the work into making even greater universal hardware support happen, but we can see that as being a lot of work.

There's also some work to be done with the Linux Standard Kernel itself. As version 3.3 there are still some unresolved problems regarding power management and a wake-lock issue that we hope to see resolved in version 3.4. That said, the Linux Standard Kernel is just a part of the Open webOS plan. A pretty integral part to the plan to deploy everywhere, but one of many parts nonetheless. There's plenty of work to be done on top of the kernel to make webOS happen. That's work that's been ongoing, with the already discussed Nyx hardware abstraction layer, Isis and QtWebKit, the open sourcing of the Enyo 2.0 application framework. There's more to come for Open webOS this month - including LevelDB and Novacom drivers - and for many months to come.