Linux.com: Linux Is Not LinuxSep 18, 2000, 14:22 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Michie)
"What is Linux? Look deeper and beyond your immediate answer. Linux is not the latest tweaked out Enlightenment window manger or your Helix GNOME desktop. Linux is not your bash shell. Linux is not your 50K .vimrc. Linux is not your C compiler. Linux is not your /etc or /dev directories. Linux is not even the kernel."
"Linux is a virus. Linux is a mental virus which exhibits emergent behavior on a scale of millions. Don't believe it? Show me Linux. Point to exactly what it is. I already told you it isn't a kernel, and it isn't an operating system either."
"I can tell you still want to tell me that Linux is ultimately a kernel. I counter that the kernel is nothing but C and assembly source code, then I tell you that Linux is not source code either. Perhaps you say, "you are just being semantically picky; source code is the instructions for building a kernel, whose job is to talk to the hardware and manage programs."