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The leap I was assuming everyone here would be able to make is that if a device is running broken Open Source software, it can be fixed. If the software on it is proprietary and the vendor has discontinued support or no longer exists as a company, the device will be broken forever. In the embedded space, a system may run for decades...that's plenty of time for a company to go belly-up, or be acquired, or any of dozens of other outcomes that lead to the source code for the device being lost to the sands of time.



It seems hard to impossible to flash new software on your washing machine, even if it's open source and you can download a patched version from somewhere.




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