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[Technology] Linux or GNU/Linux? (11)

1 Name: Anonymous Speaker : 2012-06-02 09:04 ID:zi/Fxmkr

Is the operating system "Linux" or "GNU/Linux"? What do you call it, and why?

2 Name: Anonymous Speaker : 2012-06-19 04:55 ID:PIy8bbVc

I call it "the reason why I drink", because I suck at getting it to do anything fancy.

3 Name: Anonymous Speaker : 2012-06-22 22:04 ID:pE4WO7EJ

What does ``GNU'' mean? Now, what is Linux not? That's right. Not Unix. Hence, GNU/Linux.

4 Name: Anonymous Speaker : 2012-06-22 23:56 ID:PIy8bbVc

By that logic, tigers should be called "X is Not Lions/Tigers".

5 Name: Anonymous Speaker : 2012-06-23 13:47 ID:Heaven

Fund it!

6 Name: Anonymous Speaker : 2012-10-09 14:19 ID:Heaven


it feels good

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8 Name: Anonymous Speaker : 2017-01-22 06:11 ID:uNmJEjhu

GNU is the userland, applications like text editors, compilers, the user interface and so on. It is truly not Unix, because although it follows Unix conventions, it does not re-use any Unix code. However, it is possible for a GNU system to INCLUDE actual Unix, in the form of the kernel. The most common version of GNU is GNU/Linux, that is the GNU userland combined with the Linux kernel. Linux is not part of GNU, but likewise is Unix-like without using any actual original Unix code. However, there is such a thing as GNU/kFreeBSD, that is the GNU userland combined with the kernel from FreeBSD, FreeBSD being actual real Unix, as it is a development branch of the original Unix operating system from the 1970s, rather than a reimplementation from scratch like Linux is. So technically, a GNU/kFreeBSD operating system does include some real Unix code, however it does not invalidate the GNU acronym, since GNU is the userland, not the entire operating system. It wouldn't be entirely accurate to label it as a Unix operating system either, as the numerous userland utilities that come with most distributions of Unix have been replaced with their GNU equivalents. It may therefore be regarded as a fusion of Unix and non-Unix (GNU).

9 Name: Anonymous Speaker : 2017-03-05 19:15 ID:QTqqfCZe

dicks out for Harambe

10 Name: Anonymous Speaker : 2019-09-30 07:57 ID:S1n/mPUw

I’d just like to interject for a moment. What you’re refering to as Linux, is in fact, GNU/Linux, or as I’ve recently taken to calling it, GNU plus Linux. Linux is not an operating system unto itself, but rather another free component of a fully functioning GNU system made useful by the GNU corelibs, shell utilities and vital system components comprising a full OS as defined by POSIX.

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11 Name: Anonymous Speaker : 2020-06-17 22:29 ID:MCAs//JK

I lean to GNU/Linux lately because there are a lot of attempts these days to wipe the principles of the FSF out of the picture in favore of a mere "open source" view that's more palatable to corporate plunderers, the same sort who push for more "liberal" licences rather than GPL so that they can grab cheap source code and roll it into proprietary products. A Linux without the principles of GNU behind it and with increasing amounts of unfree software worming its way in is little more than a crappy third Windows/MacOS. Preserve Free Software's freedom.