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FreeOS.com: To be or not to be: GNU / Linux?

Feb 18, 2001, 17:28 (21 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Trevor Warren)

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"You say Linux and I say GNU/Linux. This is one topic that leads to endless debate. Both camps are also quite vociferous and vocal too. But should the name matter? Does the name diminish or enhance the quality of the OS? Should a Linux or GNU/Linux user care?"

"Recently I happened to read an article in Linux Journal, which brought into focus the age-old debate of Linux v/s GNU/Linux. And guess who seems to be more vociferous about this? It was good old RMS. Fortunately or unfortunately, this issue got the better of me and led me to think about facts I would otherwise have neglected."

"This topic is open for debate and I think it's something that the community should participate in with a healthy spirit. Please don't flame me, but if you think you have something to add to this ongoing debate, do mail me. So, does it really matter whether we call our Open Source OS of choice "Linux" or "GNU / Linux"? That I can't answer, but one thing I can say with conviction is that stimulating this discussion is akin to walking a tight rope and not having to take sides makes things even worse. To be or not to be is the question. Three cheers to RMS, but all said and done, I wouldn't mind calling my Linux box a GNU/Linux box. It's just that all along we have been so accustomed to calling our friendly OS of choice "Linux? that re-christening the OS isn't something the people around me are open to."

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