that old GNU/Linux argument

Les Mikesell lesmikesell at
Tue Jul 22 16:00:01 UTC 2008

Antonio Olivares wrote:
> Both Linux and GNU are important much like man is to woman, one without the other would cease to exist,

Hardly... except for gcc which would take some scrambling to replace, 
the gnu utilities in linux distros could easily be replaced with 
counterparts from the *bsd's, opensolaris, or any commercial unix 
version.  And the Linux kernel could be swapped with a bsd, opensolaris, 
or commercial unix in a distro running GNU utilities.  There might be a 
bit of work duplicating each other's exact bugs, but things could have 
as easily been developed that way in the first place.

   Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at

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