a long rebuttal to the Linux-is-the-engine fallacy

inode0 inode0 at gmail.com
Sun Jul 27 04:01:53 UTC 2008

On Sat, Jul 26, 2008 at 10:43 PM, Alexandre Oliva <aoliva at redhat.com> wrote:
> I can't think of a better place for discussions on whether it is
> reasonable for Fedora to be introduced, at its web front page, as a
> Linux-based, rather than as GNU+Linux-based or GNU-based.

Fedora, Ubuntu, and other distributions probably describe their
operating systems as Linux-based in a feeble attempt to not offend
people on either side of this insanity. And the attempt to persuade
people to use GNU/Linux rather than just Linux when speaking of the
operating system has introduced a third name for it as well and a
second that doesn't have GNU in it. Perhaps this campaign isn't
entirely working out.


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