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

Gordon Messmer yinyang at eburg.com
Mon Jul 28 00:07:42 UTC 2008

Antonio Olivares wrote:
> When this project was born, RMS should have demanded right then and
> there that the project be named GNU/Linux, I have read that he
> suggested LiGNUX, but that it sounded awkward

At the time, RMS had no reason to suggest any such thing.  When he was 
suggesting names for Linus' kernel, the difference between the GNU OS 
and the then-unnamed kernel was a common understanding.  People had not 
yet begun to incorrectly refer to the GNU OS as Linux.

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