Creating an operating system with Linux but without GNU

Rui Miguel Silva Seabra rms at
Wed Jul 30 15:47:21 UTC 2008

On Wed, Jul 30, 2008 at 10:38:14AM -0500, Les Mikesell wrote:
> Alexandre Oliva wrote:
>> On Jul 29, 2008, Les Mikesell <lesmikesell at> wrote:
>>> If you are going to make this effort, why not just ditch the kernel
>>> too and re-implement any missing drivers for the *BSDs or OpenSolaris
>>> instead?
>> Because that person really really wants to call it Linux, and if Linux
>> wans't even part of it, that would make even less sense.
> The real problem here is that the name is a 'brand' that intentionally  
> drags an unwanted extreme political connotation along with what should  
> simply be one of several available unix-like toolsets.

Please stop extremating things.

> Just as 'free'  
> is deceptively used to mean restricted software

Please turn the reality distortion field off.

> GNU means those same  
> restrictions and a vocal political advocacy for them to the detriment of  
> users who would be better served without the restrictions.

Please stop lying.

> If there  
> were some other word to give credit and attribution to the authors and  
> quality of the software minus the extreme political stance, I'm sure no  
> one would object.  Having only one name to describe it is sort of like  
> saying you can't be religious unless you are in a crusade or inquisition  
> (insert your favorite atrocity-in-the-name-of-religion here...).

In short, please stop.


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