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Linux and Proprietary Products

In a few short paragraphs can you please explain to me whether or not Linux is free and can you incorporate Linux in a proprietary product?

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Is Linux free? Can you incorporate Linux in a proprietary product?

Linux is a free Unix-type operating system originally created by Linus Torvalds at the University of Helsinki in Finland and with the assistance of developers around the world. Linus had an interest in Minix, a small UNIX system, and decided to develop a system that exceeded the Minix standards. Developed under the GNU General Public License, the source code for Linux is freely available to everyone.

The kernel, at the heart of all Linux systems, is developed and released under the GNU General Public License and its source code is freely available to everyone. It is this kernel that forms the base around which a Linux operating system is developed. There are now literally hundreds of companies and organizations and an equal number of individuals that have released their own versions of operating systems based on the Linux kernel.

Apart from the fact that it's freely distributed, Linux's functionality, adaptability and robustness, has made it the main alternative for PROPRIETARY Unix and Microsoft operating systems. IBM, Hewlett-Packard and other giants of the computing world have embraced Linux and support its ongoing development. Well into its second decade of existence, Linux has been adopted worldwide primarily as a server platform. Its use as a home and office desktop operating system is also on the rise. The operating system can also be incorporated directly into microchips in a process called "embedding" and is increasingly being used this way in appliances and devices.

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