that old GNU/Linux argument

Alexandre Oliva aoliva at
Tue Jul 22 17:03:47 UTC 2008

On Jul 22, 2008, Les Mikesell <lesmikesell at> wrote:

> 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.

That all this could be done and yield something else doesn't change
what the combination GNU+Linux is.  Removing the GNU bits until it is
no longer the largest single part of the whole operating system would
just give legitimacy to naming the whole after some other part.

Alexandre Oliva
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