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LinuxPower: A History Lesson for GNU Detractors

Nov 25, 1999, 21:59 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Christian Schaller)

"GNU was founded long before Linus Torvalds started working on what was to become the Linux kernel, and they had already created a long list of the tools necessary for making an OS... All these tools and utilities compromise a much larger body of code than the kernel itself..."

"Now over to the detractors who claim that GNU is communistic or anti-business. This is also as wrong as it can be. GNU has been doing business based on its software almost from the beginning, by selling tapes and CD-ROMs with GNU software and printed manuals. They have also verbally supported and encouraged the establishment of companies that make a living of supporting and/or developing free software like VA Research, Cygnus and Redhat."

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