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OSNews, Generic OSes The mostly-morubund Hurd project is well known for what it's not: the kernel at the heart of the GNU/Linux system. But there's a long and interesting story about what it could have been, too. From Linux User magazine: "The design of the Hurd was an attempt to embody the spirit and promise of the free software movement in code." Those are mighty ambitions, and this story is as much about competing visions as competing kernels. Says Thomas Bushnell: "My first choice was to take the BSD 4.4-Lite release and make a kernel. I knew the code, I knew how to do it. It is now perfectly obvious to me that this would have succeeded splendidly and the world would be a very different place today." This is a well-written and fascinating read.
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by DrJohnnyFever on Mon 7th Jan 2013 22:15 UTC in reply to "Re:"
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Linux is just a kernel. All the utilities and commands you run on your Linux machine are GNU. Linux is just a kernel image. Thats it.

I don't like the GNU/Linux naming crap any more than you do, but credit where its due, the GNU project is a massive part of any linux system. Linux didn't just take parts of it, most of the system is GNU.

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