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Re: *BSD and GNU/*BSD nomenclature (was: Re: X Strike Force SVN commit: rev 183 - in branches/4.3.0/sid/debian: . patches)

On Fri, Jun 13, 2003 at 08:01:47AM -0600, Joel Baker wrote:
> On Fri, Jun 13, 2003 at 02:05:12PM +0200, Robert Millan wrote:
> > On Thu, Jun 12, 2003 at 10:17:14PM -0600, Joel Baker wrote:
> > > 
> > > And the NetBSD one is *not* GNU-based,
> > 
> > then it doesn't make sense to call it "GNU/NetBSD", would you mind
> > fixing the website accordingly?
> It still uses a primarily GNU userland

You just said it is "*not* GNU-based". Do you know what GNU/Something means?

> - coreutils is there, just like
> almost every other Debian package. There was some debate over the precise
> name, when it first came up; however, as far as we can tell, the request by
> RMS that Debian agreed to involved the userland tools, not just the libc.

RMS would never request placing "GNU/" in the name of a system that is
"*not* GNU-based".

We had this debate over the NetBSD-based port before but it obviously
didn't bring any productive results. I don't claim that it is or it isn't
a GNU variant, but at least the port maintainers should have a clear opinion.

Robert Millan

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