The word itself should have made it clear but we still didn't listen. The lax licensing of Android to Apache-2.0 should have given us a hint...

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That is the often toted rational. I’ve often thought that a better option is to have the Core software restrictively copy left licensed with a extensible design to allow companies to have proprietary secret sauce that “plugs into” the publicly available part.

This is sort of how the Linux Kernel can be widely used commercially even though it’s GPL licensed

That led us to the vendor specific API hell. I don’t entirely disagree with what you said. But the vendors went and modified the plugs in secret ways. So that left the enthusiast community to tread through binaries to find out wtf is happening. Ultimately led Google to try to enforce vendors to play nice with the core.

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Distributions include the Linux kernel and supporting system software and libraries, many of which are provided by the GNU Project. Many Linux distributions use the word “Linux” in their name, but the Free Software Foundation uses the name GNU/Linux to emphasize the importance of GNU software, causing some controversy.

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