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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 12:19 UTC
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Here is if you still don't get it: If i use code from Handbrake to complete my video clip converter (assume i have clearly stated i want to make a video clip converter not a video stream compressor like Xvid), do i have to rename it to Handbrake/foo? Of course not. The situation of video clip converter vs video stream compressor isn't any different than OS vs kernel.

Show me proof that Linus started off to make a kernel - not an OS and that he hadn't written any non kernel code, and I will admit I am wrong. (good luck with that, we all know Linux had NON KERNEL code and was bootable before it received any GNU code. A kernel only is not bootable genius. Yet Linux was bootable before it received any GNU code. So, Linux was *an OS* before it received any GNU code. This makes the "Linux was just a kernel before it received GNU code" excuse of the FSF moot.


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