You’re a Graph Point

These terms distinguish operating systems by the problems they solve for the user. However, a disturbing trend is emerging in which the user is not the party whose problems are being solved, and perhaps this calls for a new term. I propose “vendor-purpose operating system”.

Source: General-purpose OS, special-purpose OS, and now: vendor-purpose OS | Drew DeVault’s Blog

In this instance, you’re not even the vendor’s _user_, that title goes to whomever the vendor is selling to, i.e. the client who is using the OS at scale.

You’re now a byproduct. You’re just something for the vendor to brag about on quarterly meetings with Wall Street.

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