Why is Fedora not a Free GNU/Linux distributions?

Les Mikesell lesmikesell at gmail.com
Tue Jul 15 20:52:52 UTC 2008

Gordon Messmer wrote:
>> 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”
> You're reading it incorrectly, by leaving out the question:
>    GNU is a small fraction of the system nowadays, so why should we
>    mention it?
> GNU is arguing, in the quote you posted, that if it is inappropriate to 
> include GNU in the name for a GNU/Linux distribution, then it is even 
> more strongly inappropriate to call it "Linux".  Linux is a much smaller 
> and less significant portion of a GNU/Linux distribution than GNU is.

It's not an either/or question. They are right that it is inappropriate 
but in both cases, not just the straw man they set up.  Call it Fedora, 
call it freebsd, call it OpenSolaris, and leave politics out of it.

   Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at gmail.com

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