[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
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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