that old GNU/Linux argument

Antonio Olivares olivares14031 at
Tue Jul 22 21:06:18 UTC 2008

> >> 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.
> -- 

Some people that say the kernel is also GNU/General Public License, that there is no denying that the kernel is now part of GNU as well.  Without GNU, the kernel would not exist.  

Linus said in the naming controversy:

Linus Torvalds has said in the documentary Revolution OS, when asked if the name GNU/Linux was justified:

Well, I think it's justified, but it's justified if you actually make a GNU distribution of Linux ... the same way that I think that "Red Hat Linux" is fine, or "SuSE Linux" or "Debian Linux", because if you actually make your own distribution of Linux, you get to name the thing, but calling Linux in general "GNU Linux" I think is just ridiculous.[25]

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