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Re: Proposal: Debian release numbers

Michael Banck wrote:

> On Fri, Jan 10, 2003 at 01:02:13PM -0500, Jim Penny wrote:
> > Unfortunately, I doubt that the Romans had a word for penguin, so we
> > cannot date "from the founding of the penguin".
> Somebody look up if there's a latin word for gnu, then :)

That's not the same date, though. The founding of the penguin would
presumably be the date that Linus Torvalds publicly released the first
Linux kernel (c. 1992); the founding of the gnu would be when RMS
started the GNU project in 1984.

Since Debian officially favors RMS's "GNU/Linux" name, the gnu is probably
the more relevant one for our purposes.

The common scientific genus/species name for the gnu is probably the
best Latin name for that creature.


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