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OfB.biz: Why I Don't Use 'Linux'

Aug 27, 2003, 02:30 (61 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Timothy R. Butler)

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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..."

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