[Nottingham] [Fwd: http://www.guardian.co.uk/print/0, 3858, 4830989-110837, 00.html]

Jon Masters jonathan at jonmasters.org
Mon Jan 12 11:26:47 GMT 2004

Jim Driscoll wrote:

> GNU (which, lest we forget, is an operating system name itself) has not 
> become Linux or even GNU/Linux: Linux is just one implementation of GNU. 
> I don't know whether the HURD is practically usable as the OS kernel 
> yet, but I'm sure there are non-Linux-kernel GNU OSs.
> Linus Torvalds never "got involved" with the GNU project AFAIA - he 
> simply decided to use the GPL as the license for his self-developed GNU 
> kernel.
> The license and the building tools *aren't* why 'purists' call it 
> GNU/Linux - the fact that the bulk of the core OS is actually GNU is the 
> reason.

These were the sort of things I was objecting to more than his view, 
which is in entitled to hold if he wants :-).


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