[icecast] Re: Stallman @ NYU

Gary Lawrence Murphy garym at canada.com
Tue Jun 5 13:58:41 PDT 2001



>>>>> "j" == joly  <WWWhatsup> writes:

    j> One appeal that Stallman did make, which strikes me as
    j> reasonable, is that in normal use when referring to the OS
    j> rather than just the kernel - one use the designation GNU/Linux
    j> .. to give full credit to the GPL community. "Still less
    j> syllables than Windows2000."

(sigh) Except that a typical Linux is less than 50% GNU (FSF)
software, and less than 60% GPL (worse if you measure by the byte), so
to be fair and precise, we would have to call it (take a deep breath
now ...)

GNU/BSD/ASL/PD/QPL/MPL/SCL/NCL/DCL/IBMPL/JOSL/NOSL/SCL/NGPL/PL/MCVWL/Linux

and then we get into the argument of who's name goes in what order and
which ones we leave out for brevity.

Where it does get termed GNU/Linux, as with Debian, an immediate
pressure arises to make it _exclusively_ GNU/Linux and prevent the
distribution of non-FSF-approved open source material.

It is better to identify the FSF and GPL (not the same thing) where
they apply, on a package by package basis.


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