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SubjectRe: Linux isn't an operating system
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I use just about everything that GNU makes on both my Sun and BSDI
boxes. But if anyone asks me, I'm a Sun user or a BSDI user. Never,
ever, ever, no matter how good GCC is or how many terabytes the latest
Emacs takes, never do I consider myself or call myself a GNU user.

If your quest to hitch a ride on the Linux bandwagon has really grown
so lame and desperate that you have to resort to wimpering pleas and
begging such as this, then maybe its time you followed OSF's example
and just started calling everything "Linux".

> I would expect that most of the people who speak of "the Linux
> operating system" think of this as just a minor lack of precision.
>
> But aside from being unfair (which by itself would not be worth
> fussing about), it also tends to split the community and thus
> discourage communication and cooperation. When the people who use
> what is essentially the GNU system think of themselves as "Linux
> users", and not as "GNU users", often they don't see a reason
> cooperate with the people who maintain the GNU software. This leads
> to version-skew and unnecessary incompatibility.
>
> One way to help unify the community, and gently encourage more
> cooperation, is to use the term "Linux-based GNU system" to
> describe these systems more accurately.


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