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Re: "MIT/GNU/Linux" (was: gnu vs. xemacs)

From: Matthew Flaschen
Subject: Re: "MIT/GNU/Linux" (was: gnu vs. xemacs)
Date: Sat, 30 Dec 2006 14:20:13 -0500
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Robert Thorpe wrote:
> Micha Feigin wrote:
> This is a problem.  The systems that are used today have been built
> from software from many sources, large voluntary projects, private
> individual hobbiests, and corporations.  The largest things in a distro
> used to be, in terms of lines of code, Linux, GCC, X, Glibc and Emacs.
> Now there are things like and Mozilla.  There is no really good
> name anymore.

Yes, but the center of the system is still GNU and Linux.  Moreover, the
 GNU Project is the impetus beyond the system's existence.

> Perhaps these systems should be described as "Free/Open software
> operating systems".

That description is weak, to say the least.  Half a dozen different
operating systems (GNU/Linux, NetBSD, OpenBSD, OpenSolaris, Darwin,
etc.) could be described like that.  GNU/Linux is much more descriptive.

Matthew Flaschen

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