that old GNU/Linux argument

Gordon Messmer yinyang at
Tue Jul 15 20:28:50 UTC 2008

Joe Klemmer wrote:
> 	While it's a fact that the kernel is the only part of any distro that's
> actually named Linux, The name has become attached to the entire OS.  It
> is the de facto name for any OS that runs the Linux kernel regardless of
> what the rest of the distro includes.  That's the reality of it and
> there's no changing it.

So the system originally known as GNU became known to some as Linux, but 
no other change can ever be expected?  Only one change, ever?

> 	BTW, has the FSF been as vocal about GNU/FreeBSD?  Not picking on *BSD,
> just curious.

They probably don't need to be, as GNU/FreeBSD is clear about its 
implementation.  It's a FreeBSD kernel in combination with the GNU 
operating system.

People who refer to GNU/Linux as "Linux" are not being similarly clear, 
and should be corrected.

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