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SubjectRe: Why is Nvidia given GPL'd code to use in closed source drivers?


Richard Stallman wrote:

> And Linux is the best thing that ever happend to GNU.
>
> It was certainly a very good thing--it filled the last gap in the
> system. 100% of an operating system is a lot more useful than 95%.
>
> Would you be happy if it were called Linux/GNU, for example?
>
> It's appropriate to put GNU first since it came first, but that's a
> secondary question so I won't argue about it. "Linux/GNU" gives us
> equal mention, and that is a lot better than just "Linux". Thank you
> in advance if you do that.
>

Does it matter that GNU came first?
Debian uses GNU in it, hence Debian GNU/Linux
But... Linux is just a kernel, its not a 'complete' OS, thats why its not the
GNU/Linux kernel
I think your argument should be that a distribution should be named, for
example:
Redhat GNU/Linux, or SuSE GNU/Linux
...whats the problem?
I think the debate about what the distribution should be called should be
argued with the maintainers of that distribution, not with the
maintainers of the Linux kernel, or its contributors
I wouldnt mind if I saw 'Gentoo GNU/Linux'
I think that everyone knows the connection between the Linux kernel and GNU.


P.S. I dont use a distribution, I built my Linux based operating system out of
GNU programs and utilities with a Linux kernel.
I used to use Slackware Linux... But, I have since become dangerous :-)
I dont have a name for it. its just my workstation :)


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Mark Rutherford
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