that old GNU/Linux argument
thomas.cameron at camerontech.com
Sat Jul 19 01:06:46 UTC 2008
On Tue, 2008-07-15 at 02:48 +0200, Björn Persson wrote:
> Mark Haney wrote:
> > Personally, I think the demand by Stallman, and others to call Linux
> > 'GNU/Linux' is just stupid and childish.
> What exactly is it that you don't want to call "GNU/Linux"? What pieces of
> software does it contain?
> Is Udev part of what you call Linux?
udev is not a GNU project.
> Is Yum part of what you call Linux?
Yum is not a GNU project.
> Is Apache HTTPD part of what you call Linux?
Apache is not a GNU project.
> Is Sylpheed part of what you call Linux?
Sylpheed is not a GNU project.
The reality is that a modern Linux distribution contains code from the
*BSD projects, from the Apache project, from ISC, and from a ton of
other projects and groups. Should we call it "GNU/Apache/BSD/Kitchen
Sink/Linux?" That's just silly.
The core of the distribution is the kernel, called Linux. It is
perfectly fair and reasonable to call it plain old "Linux." I don't
really get riled up at the folks who write it as GNU/Linux, but I think
they are being silly, and not attributing all the other fine projects
which have contributed code.
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