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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 kurkosdr on Tue 8th Jan 2013 11:53 UTC
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Gotta love the responses of the FSFies... Guys, the "Linux" name was meant for an OS project, not a kernel project, sorry. Linux clearly started an OS project, sorry. Why do you guys insist sticking the "GNU" ever? Linux just used GNU upstream to complete his *OS* project, just like the GPL says. I don't get why he has to give credit because he used GPL code. On what grounds do the FSFies think he is obliged to give them any credit, when the GPL doesn't have such clause? Stop trying to help the FSF extend the GPL at will by adding arbitary obligations.

BTW if Linus had stated he had started a kernel project calked Linux and hadn't written any non kernel code, only then the FSF would be right.

PS: Android uses a fork of Linux which includes only the kernel.

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