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and a very good day to you sir ;-) (thoght this was a long dead thread...)
while Linux is a kernel(-source distribution) I think that it is safe to say that in the mind share meaning of the word Linux includes most OSS projects.
I use the term in all it's meaning, gave up a long time ago trying to define it.
One way I use it the most is to compare UNIX with Linux a kind of OS standard.
With all the trolls long gone, this is the best action this thread's seen!
Could proove to be interesting.
When I say that most distributions isn't OS'es I really define booth words in the same meaing.
Distribution, a compilations of packages that a guaranteed to work together in a somewhat coherent way.
OS, the end product you get when picking a set of packages and integrating them further. An OS also has slightly higher QA demands on the 'just-working' stuff.