OfB.biz: Why I Don't Use 'Linux'
Aug 27, 2003, 02:30 (61 Talkback[s])
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"Publishing an interview with the Free Software Foundation's
Richard M. Stallman like we recently did, or discussing the FSF's
philosophy in general, is usually a polarizing event. Anyone who
has participated in discussions on such topics probably also knows
that few things can cause a more heated discussion than considering
whether the operating system that runs the Linux kernel is simply
'Linux' or should be known as 'GNU/Linux.' As an ardent supporter
of the latter name, I thought it was long overdue for me to explain
why I support the FSF on this matter.
"The argument that is most often used, and indeed is true, is
that the more of the operating system is part of the GNU System
than the Linux kernel. It is also quite true that for the Linux
kernel to come in to being it needed certain tools and the GNU
System fulfilled those needs..."