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Re: RMS comments: Gnome part of the GNU operating system.

On Mon, Jul 24, 2000 at 01:03:26PM +0200, Marcus Brinkmann wrote:
> On Mon, Jul 24, 2000 at 06:48:24PM +1000, Hamish Moffatt wrote:
> > On Sun, Jul 23, 2000 at 07:07:59PM -0700, Christoph Lameter wrote:
> > > >In 1991, GNU was almost finished, lacking only a kernel.  Then Linus
> > 
> > Really, GNOME was already written in 1991? News to me!
> > Or isn't GNOME part of the GNU system?
> Hairsplitting. You can't find any reasonable point to attack, so you grasp
> at this little thing. You just want to bicker, and not contribute.
> I hate it how the noise of the Debian lists goes up and up, and the signal
> down and down.

My point was that IMHO RMS is asking for too much credit. The
statement that "In 1991, GNU was almost finished, lacking only a kernel"
is incorrect. GNOME has evolved since then as the desktop for example.

Similarly, as someone else has pointed out, the GNU system does
not have a GNU windowing system, typesetting system, etc. Debian
is not just GNU + kernel.

The GNU project has contributed a lot to Debian and they deserve
credit. We call it Debian GNU/Linux, for example. But there are lots
of other major contributors too. So let's not devalue their contributions
by promoting GNU too heavily.

Hamish, not merely hairsplitting at all. Sheesh.
Hamish Moffatt VK3SB <hamish@debian.org> <hamish@cloud.net.au>

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