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[2]: A name is a name
by snowbender on Fri 5th May 2006 20:59 UTC in reply to "RE: A name is a name"
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I don't think that's the point. You can have a perfectly running operating system without X11.
Other comments also mention that some systems should have GNU in their name because GCC was used to build the system. I don't think that's the point either.

To have a useful operating system, an operating system that you can run applications on, you need a kind of "core system" which consists out of a kernel and a userland. RMS's claim is that most Linux systems have a core which is actually the Linux kernel and the GNU userland. I think his point is there almost every running linux kernel is accompanied by a GNU userland and I think he (as the FSF) wants some recognition for that.

BSD systems have their own userland. Consider for example the libc library, which is part of the userland, and you'll see that most BSD systems have their own libc library and do not use GNU libc (glibc).

Debian uses for example the name GNU/kFreeBSD to indicate that in this Debian port, they use a GNU userland, but built around a FreeBSD kernel.

Just clarifying the "intention" of this naming scheme.

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