that old GNU/Linux argument

Patrick O'Callaghan pocallaghan at
Mon Jul 21 03:02:01 UTC 2008

On Mon, 2008-07-21 at 04:47 +0200, Björn Persson wrote:
> Patrick O'Callaghan wrote:
> > Having said that, my *usage* of the term "Linux" encompasses any
> > accumulation of software that has a useful purpose and is constructed
> > around a Linux kernel. This includes GNU+Linux, X+Linux,
> > Fedora/Debian/Ubuntu/Slackware/etc. and the system that runs my wife's
> > RAZR-2 cellphone.
> OK, that's a fairly clear explanation. Apparently you're in the "everything 
> and the kitchen sink" camp too.

Everything? There is a world outside Linux. It contains Windows, MacOS,
VMS, VM/370 etc.

> >         'When I use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said, in a rather scornful
> >         tone,' it means just what I choose it to mean, neither more nor
> >         less.'
> Yeah, that pretty much sums it up. When combined with the assumption that 
> everyone else automatically knows what Humpty Dumpty wants the words to mean 
> it ensures endless misunderstandings.

It appears the misunderstandings are happening anyway.


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