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Linux: “We’re not GNU”

My quick response, besides the 2 other responses I already did, to Ubuntu: “We’re not Linux”. Don’t think I need to say anything more here. I think I am starting to get over my 1990s Linux User ways.

  • Politicians: “We’re not Evil”
  • Google: “Neither are we!”
  • Emacs: “We’re still a text editor”
  • Vim: “So are we!”
  • Kubuntu: “We’re not Ubuntu”
  • I can do this all day…
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  • Buffalo Pete

    I think this is a bad analogy. If by Linux you mean Linus’s kernel, that is not GNU.

    If by Linux you mean “the (GNU/)Linux community” or “some (GNU/)Linux distributions,” that’s not an entity like Ubuntu or Canonical are entities. It’s not a thing capable of having opinions or making statements.

  • RMS

    I’d just like to interject for a moment. What you’re referring to as Linux, is in fact, GNU/Linux, or as I’ve recently taken to calling it, GNU plus Linux. Linux is not an operating system unto itself, but rather another free component of a fully functioning GNU system made useful by the GNU corelibs, shell utilities and vital system components comprising a full OS as defined by POSIX.
    Many computer users run a modified version of the GNU system every day, without realizing it. Through a peculiar turn of events, the version of GNU which is widely used today is often called “Linux”, and many of its users are not aware that it is basically the GNU system, developed by the GNU Project.
    There really is a Linux, and these people are using it, but it is just a part of the system they use. Linux is the kernel: the program in the system that allocates the machine’s resources to the other programs that you run. The kernel is an essential part of an operating system, but useless by itself; it can only function in the context of a complete operating system. Linux is normally used in combination with the GNU operating system: the whole system is basically GNU with Linux added, or GNU/Linux. All the so-called “Linux” distributions are really distributions of GNU/Linux.

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