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Re: Which packages should I use?

On Wed, Jul 24, 2002 at 08:36:10PM +0200, Alfred M. Szmidt wrote:
> Simon Law <sfllaw@engmail.uwaterloo.ca> writes:
> > 	I like talking about GNU when I talk about GNU operating
> > systems.  This way, there is no need to differentiate.  However, if you
> > are referring specifically to the GNU system on the Linux kernel, then
> > GNU/Linux is not that difficult to say.  It is as easy to say as
> > Microsoft Word, and even one syllable shorter than Microsoft Windows.
> There is only one GNU operating system, this is the operating system
> that will be based on GNU/Hurd and there already is one release of it
> (GNU 0.2).  GNU/Linux is a GNU derived system.  It is not GNU, it
> cannot be GNU.  Calling all systems that are based on GNU spreads a
> lot of confusion.

	I would prefer not to argue with you on naming issues, as you
are extremely critical of this topic.  I appeal, however, to authority:

	Many computer users run a modified version of the GNU system
	(18k characters) every day, without realizing it. Through a
	peculiar turn of events, the version of GNU which is widely used
	today is more often known as ``Linux'', and many users are not
	aware of the extent of its connection with the GNU Project.

	There really is a Linux; it is a kernel, and these people are
	using it.  But you can't use a kernel by itself; a kernel is
	useful only as part of a whole operating system. Linux is
	normally used in a combination with the GNU operating system:
	the system is basically GNU, with Linux functioning as the

			-- Richard Stallman

	If you do not agree, that is fine by me.  I will continue to
refer to a GNU/Linux system as a GNU system, because it merely
substitutes one small part of the GNU system with another.


P.S.	Please do not CC me on list replies.  If you do, I will be
	forced to feed you to Branden.

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