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Re: GNU/Linux Naming

From: Alfred M. Szmidt
Subject: Re: GNU/Linux Naming
Date: Fri, 7 Dec 2007 22:01:35 +0100 (CET)

   > 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.

Ofcourse the meet the criteria of a GNU system, that are variants of
it.  Just including some non-free software doesn't magically convert a
GNU system into a non-GNU system.  You are confusion two things, _the_
GNU system and _a_ GNU system, GNU/Linux is _a_ GNU system, but it is
not _the_ GNU system.

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