that old GNU/Linux argument

Nifty Fedora Mitch niftyfedora at
Thu Jul 24 00:12:25 UTC 2008

On Tue, Jul 22, 2008 at 01:59:00PM -0300, Alexandre Oliva wrote:
> Sender: fedora-list-bounces at
> On Jul 22, 2008, Tim <ignored_mailbox at> wrote:
> > I've little sympathy for users being harassed into calling Linux
> > something else,
> Me too.  Likewise GNU.  It works both ways.
> Linux = kernel (says Linus)
> GNU = operating system (says RMS)

Some of this is opaque because we are playing on the squares.

What is the name of the lines in this game?

In my mind the lines are  "system" part of "Operating System" i.e. the
systematic interface between the kernel services and the applications.
This interface consists of an API and and ABI.   The API is mostly
hardware unaware and the ABI is mostly hardware specific.

Anyhow the two cents worth adding here is "what is the name of the lines?".

	T o m  M i t c h e l l 
	Looking for a place to hang my hat.

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