that old GNU/Linux argument

Alexandre Oliva aoliva at
Sat Jul 19 19:18:59 UTC 2008

On Jul 18, 2008, Thomas Cameron <thomas.cameron at> wrote:

> The core of the distribution is the kernel, called Linux.

What about GNU *core*utils? :-P :-D

And then, again, what if you remove Linux, install kFreeBSD or
OpenSolaris in its stead, rebuild glibc to export the same ABI but use
the system calls of the new kernel, and reboot?  How come that would
still be Linux?

Do you mean core as in the core of an apple, as in, that part pretty
much nobody is interested in, but without which apples would have a
harder time reproducing? :-)

BTW, would you call an apple a seed, just because it has seeds in its

Alexandre Oliva
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