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Why GNU+Linux is > GNU/Linux and > just Linux

May 26, 2010, 04:32 (0 Talkback[s])


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"We give credit where credit is due, Linux and GNU (ha, sort of rhymes). So just "Linux" is not acceptable, and I will now explain why we [now] choose to use GNU+Linux instead of GNU/Linux.

"Let's look at it mathematically, "GNU / Linux" means GNU divided by Linux. How does that make any sense? At best it implies Linux is dividing GNU, making it harder to work and communicate with contributors; which is simply not true. Linux was what united the GNU operating system, and gave us the functioning system we have today. So GNU divided by Linux makes no sense.

"While "GNU + Linux" makes perfect mathematical sense, the GNU operating system plus the Linux kernel. This should actually be more like this "GNU - Hurd/Mach + Linux = GNU+Linux" it makes sense."

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