Why is Fedora not a Free GNU/Linux distributions?

Les Mikesell lesmikesell at gmail.com
Tue Jul 15 22:48:34 UTC 2008

Gordon Messmer wrote:
>> 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.
> I don't think that they're arguing at all that it's inappropriate to 
> call it GNU/Linux.  They're illustrating that the argument which is 
> often used for calling a system Linux -- that GNU is a small component 
> of a typical GNU/Linux distribution -- is a ridiculous argument, since 
> Linux is a much smaller component of the distribution.

But it is equally ridiculous either way, when 80+% is neither GNU nor 
Linux code.  Calling it an xwindow system would make more sense.  Or 
perhaps a firefox/thunderbird/openoffice.org system - with most of the 
other parts interchangeable.

   Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at gmail.com

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