1. Of course it can hurt. that's just silly to say.
2. As for why not use it? Because it's ineffective?
You answered your own question?
This seems like a pretty basic GPL zealot argument at this point ("It's completely ineffective but you should do it anyway!") , and i'm pretty uninterested in continuing such arguments.
As a concluding remark, I'll just repost what I posted elsewhere in this thread:
>Consider what happens if you're wrong. What happens if the GPL actually is the reason why Linux has such wide open-source hardware support? Then say goodbye to hacking on Fuschia on your own hardware...
>I'm not willing to take that risk.
"I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken!"
Yes. That would hurt, because as a user I am very much interested in the products of those companies.
And Google wants them as an OS vendor too.
>I am completely fine with that.
Well, the vendors and Google are not. And neither would I be.
Proprietary code should not be allowed anywhere near the kernel or hardware support.
So that only second tier vendors bother applying?