Linked by Michael L. Love on Mon 3rd Nov 2003 19:19 UTC
BSD and Darwin derivatives The GNU-Darwin Distribution is a free operating system and a popular source of free software for Mac OS X and Darwin-x86 users, but it is also a platform for digital activism. Founded in November of 2000, the Distribution has the stated goal of bringing software freedom to computer users of every stripe, and vigilantly defending digital liberties.
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by Anonymous on Mon 3rd Nov 2003 20:45 UTC

I always have found FSF/GNU a bit hypocritical. They say that the old-style BSD license is bad, because it requires the software to print a certain message, yet they start yelling when I say Linux instead of GNU/Linux. Requiring a name-change seems allot worse to me than requiring your software to display a message. When I use Free Software, I expect a Free Name to go with it, which I can change if I want to.

Besides, saying Linux instead of GNU/Linux is lingually correct anyway. It is a pars-pro-toto-metaphore. Kind of like saying "look, the police", even if you only see 2 cops. You don't see a bearded police guy running around, yelling that a police department consists of more than just cops.

The GNU FAQ says that a pars-pro-toto metaphore is never used in the operating-system world. I'm sorry, but that's just a retarded reason to not do something. Besides, "Windows" is a pars-pro-toto-metaphore for the entire operating system, that consists of allot more than just windows.

And "Linux" is allot easier to pronounce than "GNU/Linux", so I don't think I'll ever say GNU/Linux..