Richard Stallman is responsible for the shrinking economy in US and Weston Europe
GNU licenses and open source software is the reason why many electronic devices in the commercial market have cheap imitations with poor quality software designed and built in China. They do not need to spend money in developing the software, free software is taken from the internet for profit. For example many products in China are built using the Micrium uC/OSII RTOS without fees paid or heavily modified linux against the license agreement.
Free software available on the internet has devalued the apparent output of any firmware developers output. This leads to Managers and Directors belief that they do not need to spend money or time on firmware developments costs. Therefore approximately 75% of the development costs of a product is squeezed to near zero.
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