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Re: GNU within the name (Was: Changes in formal naming for NetBSD porting effort(s))

Julian Mehnle dijo [Thu, Dec 18, 2003 at 12:56:15PM +0100]:
> viro@www.linux.org.uk wrote:
> > If we ever get a replacement libc that would really work as
> > replacement... on such system GNU claims would become much weaker.  Not
> > that there was a serious chance of that happening - drop-in replacement
> > of glibc on Linux would be a lot of work and so far none of the
> > alternative libc projects had tried to pull that off.
> Why would anyone want to replace GLIBC in the first place?  To get rid of "GNU" in "GNU/Linux"?

Maintainability? Many people (not me, I would lack that level of
technical skills) have pointed out that glibc's code is a mess.

Ability to distribute under another license? Yes, it might not be a
priority in Debian (we are, after all, pro-GPL), but many people would
like having a BSD-style libc for Linux...

...Or the good ol' 'Because it's there' stuff? :)


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