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> GPL'ing linux hasn't prevented any of the problems you mention, either in theory or in practice, so why do the same thing and hope for a different result?

It hasn't eliminated the problem, but it has worked in some cases to the benfit of the vendors and customers.

For example the open source Wifi router community sprung up from one such effort :

http://www.wi-fiplanet.com/tutorials/article.php/3562391

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DD-WRT




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