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.
Permalink for comment
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
RE: GNU
by Anonymous on Mon 3rd Nov 2003 23:56 UTC

If the name of any component of the system is a candidate for going on to become the name of the entire system, then who gets to decide what the component gets chosen? The users? While that may sound like an interesting idea, to say that users get to name a product built by many parties is a slap in the face at all of the parties, even the lucky one that get's "chosen."

I think French is the only language where there is a committee which explicitly invents words and tell people to use those words instead of what they were already saying. Generally language is much more an evolution of what people say, than the result of an almost scientific debate over the pros and cons of a certain term. I can see how that may seem uncomfortable for people who only studied positive sciences, but that's how it is.