that old GNU/Linux argument

Gordon Messmer yinyang at
Wed Jul 16 02:22:30 UTC 2008

Les Mikesell wrote:
> If they were compiled under cygwin/mingwin they could be windows 
> binaries.  That doesn't justify changing their name.

I think it's pretty clear that you're arguing to have the last word. 
Your arguments have become nonsense.  No one is suggesting that the 
names of any applications to "GNU" just because they were built on GNU.

What we *are* advocating is that the GNU/Linux operating system be 
referred to as GNU/Linux because GNU is the name of the project whose 
goal is to provide a complete Free Software operating system.  All of 
the thousands of developers who have contributed their code to the GNU 
project agree that the name of the operating system is "GNU".  If you 
think you're better qualified than they are too tell them what to call 
their software, then you're much too far out of touch for any of us to 
convince you otherwise.

And so I say Good Day, sir.

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