that old GNU/Linux argument

Tim ignored_mailbox at
Tue Jul 22 07:21:16 UTC 2008

On Tue, 2008-07-22 at 03:02 -0300, Alexandre Oliva wrote:
> So, anyone who insists in naming Linux all of the GNU operating system
> used with the kernel Linux is contradicting the primary developer of
> GNU and the primary developer of Linus.

And going along with how various distributions describe themselves.
Really, get over it.  The meaning of the term has evolved.  Go argue the
point with the distributions and the various publications that review
it.  The users will call it what they do.  They're not going to call it
GNU/Linux because you and Stallman want them to.  You're the ones riding
on the coattails of other's success.

> To get a working system you need a shell, compilers, a library etc 

Take note:  "System" is yet another term that means more than just an
operating system.  The kernel is the core, pun intended.  Of anything,
it should get biggest name on the billing.  Around that (and much of it
in the kernel), is the operating system.  Around that you have a
computer system (the part that's actually useful to people).  GNU is
trying to claim more credit than it's due.

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