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Aug 29, 1999, 07:24 (25 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Drew)

[ Linux Today reader Joe Drew reports:. ]

I've written up an essay on just why GNU/Linux distributions should be called GNU/Linux on my site, This was actually written some time ago, but has only just recently found the light of day.

"Debian GNU/Linux may qualify as the end result of the GNU project, a wholly free UNIX-like operating system. However, all distributions were built on the GNU system, which lacked only a kernel. By taking the Linux kernel and the GNU system and and combining the two, makers of distributions create GNU-based Linux systems, complete with their own customisations. This is what rms had in mind when he envisioned GNU; a system so free, you can take parts of it and make it into another, completely different system. Whatever you call the system, it exists solely because of GNU - and that is why it's called GNU/Linux."

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