Linked by the_randymon on Fri 25th Jan 2013 09:21 UTC
Linux After about a year of work, the ArchLinux distribution now offers a variant running on the FreeBSD kernel. Says the developer, "Why would I do this? If like me, you enjoy FreeBSD and love it, but also like the philosophy behind Arch Linux, which is a fast, lightweight, optimized distro, I figured why not combine the both. Even though you could just do it on FreeBSD using the ports, not everyone wants to compile." This now puts Arch in the same category as Debian with Debian GNU/KFreeBSD, which offers a Debian userland on top of a FreeBSD kernel.
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Because Apple marketing prefers OS X.

Yeh, of course, but why isn't Stallman pitching a b!@tch over OSX not being called GNU/OSX like he is with Linux?

Now that I think about it, emacs (which is a fantastic program) and gcc (also great) run just about everywhere, including Windows. So, shouldn't Windows with Cygwin also be called GNU/Windows according to Stalman?

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MOS6510 Member since:

Personally I don't care what Stallman thinks, even more so with regards to his relabeling preferences.

A name is just a way to easily refer to something. The way Stallman wants it is more like listing all components of a system in its name. Where do you draw the line?

It's easier to refer to Windows, Linux and OS X. Or if needed include the version: Windows 7, Redhat Linux, OS X Lion.

I don't think GNU adoption would explode or even rise if we'd stick it in front of everything. If GNU is the answer people will include it in their product anyway. In other words if you made your own kernel and see a commercial of GNU/Windows I don't think it would make you say, "Of course, I cam use GNU to complete my OS!".

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thetank Member since:

I find it really difficult to explain to someone about Linux. I explained lately to my room mate that I don't really need unity, which is a desktop ui, and I can use the same base in elementary that uses ubuntu.. I made myself confused when trying to explain it all.

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