that old GNU/Linux argument

Les Mikesell lesmikesell at
Tue Jul 15 22:42:58 UTC 2008

Gordon Messmer wrote:
>>> 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?
>> What 'system' was ever originally known as GNU?  Or are you thinking 
>> of emacs as an operating system by itself?
> GNU was known as such for several years before Linux was even conceived 
> of. 

I didn't mean the word GNU. Reflexive acronyms are easy but useless. 
What was the working system before Linux?

   Les Mikesell
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