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Re: GNU/Linux Naming

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: GNU/Linux Naming
Date: Fri, 07 Dec 2007 16:35:07 +0100
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"Noah Slater" <> writes:

> On 07/12/2007, David Kastrup <> wrote:
>> Uh, no.  The POSIX (Portable Operating System Interface) specification
>> specifies at several levels what comprises a UNIX-like API.
> Thanks, I am aware of this. I think it a reasonable enough thing for
> me to suggest that when we have a specification that outlines an
> operating interface it can be taken to point to what is expected from
> an operating system.

> Given that you accept that statement it's not unreasonable to state
> that POSIX lays out the definition of what it means to be a *certain
> type* of operating system, namely a POSIX one.

Uh no.  POSIX does not lay out what it means to be a "type of operating
system".  It lays out what _interfaces_ must be there for certain
degrees of POSIX compliancy.  It does not require the embodiment of
those interfaces to run under the name "operating system".

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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