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Re: gpl licensing

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: gpl licensing
Date: Wed, 06 Dec 2006 20:46:43 +0100
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"Alfred M. Szmidt" <> writes:

>    > --------
>    > Even Further
>    > 
>    > Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 2006-12-06 15:01.
>    > 
>    > Stallman insists that all Linux distributions be called GNU/Linux.
>    No, he insists that the *operating* *system* is called GNU/Linux, as it
>    comprises of the Linux kernel and the GNU userspace libraries and toolset. 
>    That is what constitutes an operating system, and GNU's role in the
>    creation of this software - nor in the maintenance of the Linux kernel, as
>    the Linux developers *use* GNU tools for their development - this should
>    not be discarded.
> Nitpick, Linux uses and was developed on the GNU operating system, not
> just a bunch of tools and libraries.

Uh, Linux was developed on Minix, with the Minix toolchain, though
compiled using GCC.  Which is even less than "a bunch of tools".
Later bash got bootstrapped.  Some stuff was in usable condition, some
stuff not really fully operative (such as the C library).  Of
production quality were indeed just a bunch of tools and libraries.
While the overall framework was far from being a cohesive or even
usable system, it was at least in a state fit to coevolve with Linux.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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