Some people are content being mindless consumers, others are only happy when creating. While this is all possible on any platform (I spent the first years of my career programming for DOS then Windows), the linux philosophy seems to attract the more intelligent, less consumerist people. And we're in a brilliant time to have that mindset, where you can get a SBC computer (a rpi or arduino etc.) for mere dollars and you can program and build yourself something to not only automate data processing, but real world activities too. Never before, the entry point to micro-controllers was much higher, you had to build your own boards, and code your own assembler. That of course is still available.