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 RJW on Tue 4th Nov 2003 07:10 UTC

Why not _insisting_? Insisting on something flows from beeing certain about a thing. May one not be? One can insist by asking people. But one cannot use appeal to force, to force people (ie. "you are with us, or without us" - which is besides an appeal to force also black vs. white thinking). He can only use valid arguments, most people can only be convinced with valid arguments - arguments, beeing valid or invalid, are stated on the gnu.org website for example. That's where his power lies; and he _cannot_ use his power as beeing one of the authors of GNU to give _you_ less freedom by _forcing_ you to call the OS in question GNU/Linux. That's where the power of Free Software lies. If you do not agree with calling it GNU/Linux, you can call it Linux - or whatever you want.

There are reasons other than the fact that one *can* insist on something till the world ends that one *should* not. Maybe because he wants people to listen to what's really important? Quibbling about "GNU/Linux" endlessly makes him less approachable, less reasonable, less likely to be heard.