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Linux Embeds Itself Even Deeper

Oct 27, 2010, 15:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Glyn Mody)

[ Thanks to E5rebel for this link. ]

"Because anyone can take Linux and use it as they wish without needing to ask permission (provided they comply with the licence), it ends up being used in lots of places that we rarely hear about. This contrasts with proprietary operating systems, which only get used if they are licensed directly, which means that the licensor always knows exactly what is going on - and can issue yet another boring press release accordingly.

"This contrast between much-trumpeted proprietary activity and near-invisible open goings-on is probably most acute in the world of embedded devices. Most people aren't even aware that there is an operating system being used in many of their more "intelligent" consumer electronics devices, let alone that it is likely to be a variant of Linux."

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