Devices Using the Linux Kernel

Through the years I have observed excited claims about how the Linux kernel is used on so many computers. This is an interesting but meaningless fact.

Ignoring servers, many of the systems using the kernel are proprietary and closed source. The designers focus significantly on data mining and tracking. Generally, the devices are privacy nightmares. To paraphrase that beaten adage, the users are the product.

Many of these vendors using the kernel but often provide little to nothing in return such as patches.

While the Linux kernel GPL license allows using the software in this manner, the simple fact is the software remains closed and often a threat to privacy.

Using the Linux kernel is not necessarily cause for celebration.

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