that old GNU/Linux argument

Gordon Messmer yinyang at
Tue Jul 15 23:28:26 UTC 2008

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

It was GNU.  GNU, as a system, pre-dates Linux.

GNU was not built on top of Linux.  Linux was eventually able to run GNU.

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