that old GNU/Linux argument

Gordon Messmer yinyang at
Sun Jul 20 20:23:33 UTC 2008

Thomas Cameron wrote:
> On Sun, 2008-07-20 at 02:00 -0300, Alexandre Oliva wrote:
>> On Jul 19, 2008, Thomas Cameron <thomas.cameron at>
>> wrote:
>>> Look at it from the outside, Alexandre.  There are many who feel
>> that
>>> the FSF's demand for everyone to pay homage by calling it GNU/Linux
>> is
>>> just an attempt to steal the "glory" of Linus's success.
>> *If* that was the case, it would just be returning the alleged glory
>> to the project that most deserved it.  The people who most strongly
>> oppose this correction are precisely those who stole the "glory" of
>> GNU's success.
> Um, hold on a sec, there.  "Stole?"  To steal typically means to have
> the intent to deprive another of property.  I've been using Linux since
> 1995, and I've never, ever seen anyone in the Linux community indicate
> that they intended to deprive GNU of any property or even credit for all
> they've done.

I don't know how you can possibly object to Alexandre's use of the word 
"stole", when it was a response to your using the *same* word in the 
*same* context in the message that he replied to.

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