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Free Software Magazine: 'GNU', 'Linux', or Neither...?

Mar 31, 2007, 08:00 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Terry Hancock)

"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 don’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...?'"

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