Why is Fedora not a Free GNU/Linux distributions?

Les Mikesell lesmikesell at gmail.com
Tue Jul 15 18:34:37 UTC 2008

Alexandre Oliva wrote:
>> Alexandre Oliva <aoliva at redhat.com> writes:
>>> RMS actually has a social reason for his request.  What is the
>>> reason behind those who refuse?
>> Respect for all the other organizations and authors who have
>> contributed to the packages within the various Linux-based
>> distributions, yet who do not get credited in the name "GNU/Linux" ?
> Again, circular reasoning.  You're talking about GNU+Linux-based
> distributions.  You're absolutely correct that some don't get credited
> by GNU+Linux, but how is that a logical reason to credit the smaller
> contributor Linux and not the larger contributor GNU?  This is covered
> in the FAQ, BTW, starting at 
> http://www.gnu.org/gnu/gnu-linux-faq.html#many

A rare bit of honesty there:

   "In 2008, we found that GNU packages made up 15% of the “main”
   repository of the gNewSense GNU/Linux distribution. Linux made
   up 1.5%. So the same argument would apply even more strongly
   to calling it “Linux”

Why not name it something that gives the appropriate credit to the 83.5% 
that has nothing to do with GNU instead of usurping the name and 
pretending that GNU is necessary or even desirable in the process of 
creating redistributable software?  Or at least focus the credit on gcc 
which has been something of a driving force because the alternatives 
were expensive.

   Les Mikesell
     lesmikesell at gmail.com

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