Re: Debian GNU or Debian GNU/Hurd?
On Thu, Sep 27, 2001 at 09:56:00AM +0200, Marcus Brinkmann said:
> The Hurd (or the GNU Hurd if you want to m,ake it clear it is a GNU project
> and part of the GNU system) is the Hurd or the GNU Hurd, but never GNU/Hurd.
> It is never "Hurd", "HURD", "GNU Hurd" or "GNU HURD", and also not "the GNU
> HURD" or "the HURD" or other spellings of the Hurd.
> You can say GNU/Hurd or GNU/Hurd system if you want the whole GNU system
> (including the Hurd, but also XFree86 etc). You can say Debian GNU/Linux
> when referring to the GNU/Hurd system as shipped by Debian.
Somehow I see this going the way of Xwindows[sic]. Specifically, as
a frequent correction offered by pedants to uninterested newbies. In
any case, no matter whether it is "right" or not, a person new to all
of this will most likely say "the Hurd" but leave out the "the" with
"GNU Hurd", as that sounds the best. Also keep in mind there will
always be some people who consistently misspell it as "HURD" or some
variation thereof under the assumption that since it is an acronym
it must be capitalized.
For the record, I prefer "Debian GNU/Hurd" as the name for Debian's
release of "GNU Hurd", which includes a set of servers called "the
Oh well, back to hacking.
 where "best" means the most like the rest of English.
 see a current thread of -devel for what the rest of English entails.
 an mutually recursive at that.. what's the proper method for
referring to "HIRD"?
 these are the same people who refer to Perl as PERL.
 in case anyone actually cares.