Re: GNU within the name (Was: Changes in formal naming for NetBSD porting effort(s))
On Thu, Dec 18, 2003 at 10:41:46AM +0100, Mathieu Roy wrote:
> You are currently saying that the GNU in GNU/Linux is justified by the
> glibc and not by any other GNU software, because these GNU software
> are common on other unixes.
Maybe what he was saying, but that's obviously not the real issue.
<recap>The original reason for the change from "Linux" to "GNU/Linux"
the kernel was developed and built with gcc AND
libc was gnu AND
most of the system tools in userland were gnu AND
the developers involved were not rabidly anti-gnu
(though the switch did flush a bit of rabid anti-gnu sentiment out of
The bsd port is still mostly vapor, so it's kinda hard to figure out how
much of the above is relevant. Thus, knowing whether "GNU" is appropriate
(or whether a de-emphasized lower case "gnu" is appropriate) is more a
matter of speculation than a matter of hard fact.
Moreover, this speculation touches on a lot of issues (aesthetics, us
vs. them group dynamics, incompatibilities, bugs, and the hard technical
work of a very few) which mean we'll probably be seeing echos of this
supposed trademark discussion for years.
I've even contributed to it a bit myself -- it's an easy discussion to
jump into, even though it's not really a well defined problem.
> If we follow your theory, it means that if someday another system use
> the glibc, we should remove the GNU from the GNU/Linux name.
We don't, as a general rule, follow theories very far. Theories are a
good starting point, but they have to stand up to testing.
That said, I could wish for the gnu glibc crew to have a more up-to-date