that old GNU/Linux argument

Les Mikesell lesmikesell at
Mon Jul 28 18:41:36 UTC 2008

Antonio Olivares wrote:
> But GNU utilities exist in *BSD camps as well, and the name GNU/*BSD is not used or required.  A page explains that since Linux Distributions are more popular than *BSD distributions, it makes much more sense to attach to a more successful project.  

Not to the same extent.  The BSD's maintain their own versions of the c 
library and most userland tools so as to provide everyone with 
unrestricted copies in yet another waste of time and effort dictated by 
the GPL.  gcc is a notable exception but I'm not sure it qualifies as 
part of an operating system anyway.

   Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at

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