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Richard Stallman -- Re: 15 Years of Free Software

Mar 25, 1999, 00:01 (19 Talkback[s])
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Richard Stallman responds to readers' comments:

Steve Philp - Subject: AndYou're pushing away those you need to attract (1999-03-18 00:58:11) You had the chance to make your mark in the operating systems arena, but Hurd's been wallowing in the muck for years...The more you shout GNU/Linux, the more Linux enthusiasts close their ears.

If you consider yourself a Linux enthusiast, either you have a special interest in kernels, or your enthusiasm is really about the GNU operating system. If it's the former, I can get into that. But if it's the latter, I'd like you and others like you to know that what you're appreciating was principally the work of the GNU Project (though many others have contributed too). When people are told the whole system is "Linux", they naturally reach inaccurate suppositions about this.

That ambiguous usage also leads to general confusion about how a kernel relates to the operating system it is part of. (The idea of measuring the success or impact of the GNU Project by its kernel development project, the GNU HURD, might be an instance of this.) I hope future press coverage of the GNU system and the Linux kernel to reflect a full awareness of the difference and relationship between the two.

Jason Burke - Subject: GNU Linux != Stallman's Linux (1999-03-19 08:57:37) ...take a look at all the people who are a part of the GNU project. Well let me tell you it's a long list, ...

It's not as long as it ought to be. If you have been a major developer of a piece of GNU software, and you're not listed in, please send an item about you to add to the list. (Please don't mention or link to unrelated business activities, or anything about non-free software, in the item.)