Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 28th Jul 2005 16:54 UTC, submitted by rhowell
General Unix Although many people claim that Linux is well on its way to replacing Unix, the reality is that Linux is Unix: a particular stream within a much wider community whose traditions and ideas both surround and extend those found in the Linux group.
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RE Linux is GNU
by on Thu 28th Jul 2005 18:33 UTC

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By license only.

Linus Torvalds has shown himself to be a lot more pragmatic than RMS, and it is generally recognized he chose the GPL because it was popular at the time.

Face it: Linux is UNIX _enough_.

People can move among Linux, BSD, or OpenSolaris and feel fairly comfortable that the rules haven't been completely re-written somewhere in there. They all target POSIX, they all use the X Window System, they all have the kernel-space/user-space model, etc.

These systems compete on a level playing field of open standards, which is the way it should be. All are now open source, all can learn lessons from each other, all can still maintain an identity, while making all our lives easier in the post-Microsoft-monopoly era.

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RE Linux is GNU
by abraxas on Fri 29th Jul 2005 00:27 in reply to "RE Linux is GNU"
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2005-07-07

Linus Torvalds has shown himself to be a lot more pragmatic than RMS, and it is generally recognized he chose the GPL because it was popular at the time.

That's not true at all. Read Linus' book "Just for Fun" to find out why he used the GPL.

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