Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 5th May 2006 11:16 UTC, submitted by Puru Govind
GNU, GPL, Open Source "This famous controversy is there ever since I became aware of operating systems known as GNU/Linux. The GNU General Public License, which is used by Linux as well as most GNU software, armors both characters. GNU/Linux is the term coined by the Free Software Foundation, Richard Stallman and people who support FSF, for operating systems composed of the FSF's GNU software and the Linux kernel; such systems are generally called Linux."
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RE: Storm in a tea cup
by AlexandreAM on Fri 5th May 2006 16:20 UTC in reply to "Storm in a tea cup"
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But THAT is the whole point. Stallman is not talking about "FSF Programmers" he is talking about "FSF Politicals". The Free Software Foundation is much more about the IDEALS than the software they wrote (which is great, by the way).

I am one who deeply disagree with Stallman in his FSFs Philosofies. I'm personally more attracted to open source than to FREE software; but the man HAS a point.

As many pointed out before me. Linux is a kernel and GNU is a 'base system suite'. Both would have existed without one another having a much more harder evolution, but would have existed.

Why call it only LINUX when it is the contribution of both sides that made it happen ?

Okay, I know GNU/Linux (pronounced GNU Plus Linux as Stallman does is even worse) is bad for casual conversations.

But people should know that Fedora Core is a GNU/Linux that Ubuntu is a GNU/Linux, same for gentoo, suse or <put-big-distro-here>.

That said... I don't like Stallman at all... went to a speech he gave like 2 or 3 weeks ago and the guy is nuts. But even nuts have the rights to be given credit when they deserve it.

Just my BRL$ 0,20 (too big of a comment to call it 0,02)

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