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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RE: GNU
by Anonymous on Mon 3rd Nov 2003 22:51 UTC

However, end users actually interact with GNU's portion of the operating system much more often than the kernel itself.

From a lingual point of view (and my argument there was based on lingual principles), it doesn't matter how much the part is used, or wether or not it's the primary interface. A pars pro toto metaphore just means that you refer to thing by only mentioning a part of it. It doesn't matter how important that part is.

And the comparison with the old style BSD license is valid IMO. What will happen if everyone starts saying GNU/Linux? The KDE people will be pissed that nobody recognizes their huge amounts of work. So we have KDE/GNU/Linux. Then we have the Gnome project, and the X11 project.

This is exactly as with the old style BSD license, where they started with a forced single printed message about how much work UC Berkely did, and ended up with 75 of such obnoxious messages. I think I will find it even more obnoxious to say Gnome/KDE/X11/Apache/PHP/MySQL/GNU/Linux Suse Professional 9.0.