that old GNU/Linux argument

Alexandre Oliva aoliva at
Mon Jul 28 07:36:53 UTC 2008

On Jul 28, 2008, Antonio Olivares <olivares14031 at> wrote:

> It is a war.

Indeed.  A war for freedom for all software users.  A war that started
back in 1983, and whose proponents have suffered many threats and
losses, but also several wins.

One of the greatest threats these days are people who just don't care
about freedom, who just want to use the software and who would love to
sacrifice whatever freedom was already achieved for some temporary
convenience.  People who will fight vigorously against any attempt to
educate others about these issues.

  They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary
  safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. -- Ben Franklin, freedom

> A war between the FSF who want the GNU part attached to Linux

This is just a smaller battle, not the war.  Your choice of words is
quite poor and extremely unfair.  The FSF is not the only one who
makes this request and works for software freedom or on the GNU
project, and nobody is requesting to have their own names attached to
Linux.  Linux is a kernel.  All we ask for is to have the name of the
operating system created to give people freedom back where it should
always have been: on the operating system that people chose to run on
top of the kernel Linux.

Alexandre Oliva
Free Software Evangelist  oliva@{,}
FSFLA Board Member       ¡Sé Libre! =>
Red Hat Compiler Engineer   aoliva@{,}

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