that old GNU/Linux argument

Les Mikesell lesmikesell at
Tue Jul 22 20:50:46 UTC 2008

Alexandre Oliva wrote:
> 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.

No, but it does point out that Linux does not particularly depend on GNU 
or vice versa.

> 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.

I suspect the X-related bits outweigh the GNUish parts considerably.

   Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at

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