Linked by the_randymon on Mon 7th Jan 2013 18:56 UTC
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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Oh, and Android doesn't contain "Linux", it contains the kernel part of Linux.

Whatever Linux was at it's infancy, Linux today is a kernel, which is a component of what we call an operating system. A very fundamental component, but a component nonetheless.

So:

Android is an operating system running a Linux kernel
Ubuntu is an operating system running a Linux kernel
Debian GNU/kFreeBSD is an operating system running a FreeBSD kernel
Darwin is an operating system running a XNU kernel
Windows is an operating system running a NT kernel.

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