that old GNU/Linux argument

Alexandre Oliva aoliva at
Mon Jul 21 00:26:58 UTC 2008

On Jul 20, 2008, "Mikkel L. Ellertson" <mikkel at> wrote:

> No - just that I think the argument is equivalent is like complaining
> about someone calling a Mustang a car, instead of calling it a Ford
> Mustang.

We're not talking of a "is-a" relationship, but rather of a "part-of"

How about calling a Mustang a tire?  That would be the correct
parallel.  Because, you know, following the Linux-is-an-OS logic, the
tires are pretty important, and the car really wouldn't run without
them, and it's the last part you add to a car before it runs, so let's
call it tire, even though there are more important parts of the car
that took far more work to build, such as the motor.

There's a reason why custom racing cars (say Formula 1) are most often
identified not only by the pilot's name, but also by the team, the
motor and the tires.

Alexandre Oliva
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