that old GNU/Linux argument

Colin Paul Adams colin at
Sun Jul 20 15:41:36 UTC 2008

>>>>> "Björn" == Björn Persson <listor3.rombobeorn at> writes:

    Björn> Colin Paul Adams wrote:
    >> I myself almost always say Linux. It is just quicker.

    Björn> And would you like to tell us what *you* mean when *you*
    Björn> say "Linux"? What is part of Linux in your mind, and what
    Björn> is not part of Linux?

There is the kernel.

But then there is also all the supporting infrastructure, such as X11,
GNOME, sendmail, etc. etc.

So I may mean different things at different times. I talk about
running Linux. This is a shorthand for running GNOME in X11 with a
Linux kernel plus lots of other software. Not all of that software
comes from Linus Torvalds, Red Hat or the FSF. Some of it isn't even
GPL :(.
Colin Adams
Preston Lancashire

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