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Re: what is the current status of GPL v3

From: Alan Mackenzie
Subject: Re: what is the current status of GPL v3
Date: Wed, 17 May 2006 21:04:20 +0000
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Alfred M. Szmidt <> wrote on Wed, 17 May 2006 14:40:20 +0200
>    I think you're misunderstanding what "GNU" is - it isn't a single
>    program, or a tightly coupled suite.  It's a compilation of lots of
>    useful programs, which system builders can pick and choose from.

> GNU isn't a compilation of programs either.  It is a operating system.

Well, whatever it is, it isn't Unix!  GNU is more than an operating
system - Emacs, for example, is part of GNU, though it's definitely not
part of an OS, and there are LOTS of GNU programs like that.  This is the
"mere aggregation" that the GPL talks about - lots of independent
programs packaged together on a single CD or a single FTP site.

Alan Mackenzie (Munich, Germany)
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