Free Software Magazine: 'GNU', 'Linux', or Neither...?
Mar 31, 2007, 08:00 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Terry Hancock)
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"I'm sure everyone reading this has heard the debate over
whether that top dog free operating system should be called 'Linux'
or 'GNU/Linux,' but how big a contribution is GNU or Linux to that
operating system? As conventional wisdom has it, it's the
availability of applications that make a system valuable, and this
is where free software really shines. Linux contributes only about
6% to the cost value of a full operating system, but then again,
GNU contributes only about 15%--who do we have to thank for the
remaining 79%?! And why donâ€™t we hear them
complaining about what it's called?
"This isn't really about 'GNU/Linux,' it's really about asking
'Where does free software come from...?'"