Re: Debian GNU/Unix replaces Debian GNU/Linux
On 22 Feb, Ossama Othman wrote:
>> I would much rather have Debian GNU/Unix which provides Linux and FreeBSD
>> kernels side by side, instead of setting up a whole new Debian GNU/FreeBSD
>> distribution, where only a few megs of binaries would be different to the
>> Linux edition, and all the rest would be duplication. (Since FreeBSD DOES
>> run our current linux binaries)
> I have a question. Doesn't using the name "Unix" require some sort of
> certification? Isn't that the reason why Linux is called a "Unix-like"
> OS? Thanks for any clarification.
As a matter of fact, "Unix" is a trademark of some not-too-intelligent
bloated corporation, and yes, there is a certification requirement
to use the name "Unix". Actually, you can't even call Linux
"Unix-like" without their permission, which they have (conveniently)
refused. The suggestion I have heard is to call Unix(TM) a Linux-like
system, since this use of the word "Linux" is not restricted by the
In the end, though, Debian GNU/Unix is an impossibility, because of the
 ...who will probably be p.o.'d at me for referring to them in this
way. Too bad.
 Thanks to Jon 'maddog' Hall for this one. Heard at a NNHLUG meeting
Stephen Ryan Debian GNU/Linux
Mathematics graduate student, Dartmouth College