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Re: GNU/Linux Naming

From: Tim Smith
Subject: Re: GNU/Linux Naming
Date: Fri, 07 Dec 2007 08:54:37 -0000
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On 2007-12-05, Noah Slater <> wrote:
> Of course, the proper name for the operating system is GNU and Linux
> provides one of it's kernels. The combination of these two words is
> GNU/Linux. If you used Sun's kernel you would call the system
> GNU/Solarix and if you used the BSD operating system (as an
> alternative to GNU) you would be running BSD/Solarix.
> There are many different variations "out there" and they all have
> different names. If you're running Debian/Ubuntu/Gentoo/RedHat/Suse
> you're probably running a GNU/Linux system. If you're running OS X

Except most of those aren't GNU systems.  Go read the definition of the
GNU system at, and you'll see that most of them do not meet it.
They are non-GNU systems that happen to have all the components of the
GNU system included, but also contain proprietary non-free components
that are not allowed in the GNU system.

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