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

Alexandre Oliva aoliva at redhat.com
Mon Jul 28 03:13:31 UTC 2008

On Jul 27, 2008, Gordon Messmer <yinyang at eburg.com> wrote:

> 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,

He never did such a thing, AFAIK.  He suggested a name for the
combination of the operating system GNU with the kernel Linux.  Never
to the kernel itself.  That he did is just one of the lies by those
who want to denigrate the RMS, the FSF and the Free Software movement.

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