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Standard User BatBoy
(sensei) Sat 15-Oct-16 15:50:16
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To call a distro "Linux" is like calling a car "engine".
It's like calling a walnut a walnut instead of walnut kernal smile
Standard User glossywhite
(committed) Mon 17-Oct-16 00:43:46
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#1 The usage of "Linux" to cover both the kernel and userland is so widespread that it is pedantic to introduce pettifogging arguments about not calling distros "Linux". OSX contains many GNU components, but nobody calls it OSX/GNU.

#2 Actually, as the Wine FAQ tell you, it should really be Wine is not just an emulator. It's an emulator on steroids.


The widespread application of incorrect terminology or naming does not make it a good reason to perpetuate doing so.
Standard User TinyMongomery
(knowledge is power) Mon 17-Oct-16 08:47:48
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Let's see what the Linux Foundation has to say on the matter: https://www.linux.com/what-is-linux

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Standard User glossywhite
(committed) Mon 17-Oct-16 23:11:16
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Let's see what the Linux Foundation has to say on the matter: https://www.linux.com/what-is-linux


Great! smile

Now let's see what the fsf - those responsible for the writing of the majority of the OS software into which Linus' amazing kernel, slots, without which GNU/Linux OS' would be *just* a kernel floating around for no purpose, has to say; you do, after all, want a fair and balanced perspective and not just showing ONE side of the argument, I'm sure?

https://www.gnu.org/home.en.html

Of course Linus Torvalds isn't going to put up a fight if the whole OS happens to be mistakenly coined "Linux" - that suits his causes just fine; it's free publicity and how convenient for him, eh?

Edited by glossywhite (Tue 18-Oct-16 01:24:37)

Standard User TinyMongomery
(knowledge is power) Tue 18-Oct-16 08:55:31
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Perhaps we should rename it to

GNU/BSD/Intel/Red Hat/Texas Instruments/Samsung/Google/SuSE/IBM/Microsoft/Linux?

That would far more accurately reflect the situation than either of the suggestions so far.

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Standard User glossywhite
(committed) Tue 18-Oct-16 13:50:22
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Perhaps we should rename it to

GNU/BSD/Intel/Red Hat/Texas Instruments/Samsung/Google/SuSE/IBM/Microsoft/Linux?

That would far more accurately reflect the situation than either of the suggestions so far.


Do it tongue
Standard User TinyMongomery
(knowledge is power) Tue 18-Oct-16 14:42:58
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I think I'll stick with the simple name that everyone else uses. smile

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Standard User Lethe
(fountain of knowledge) Tue 18-Oct-16 20:32:57
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Guys, you are starting to sound like MS users.

Linux is the kernel. The major tools that run over the shell of the kernel are a majority from GNU/FSF.

Distributions can use all, some, or other variants of this. But the kernel is usually the linux kernel (herd is about, but not yet ready after 20 odd years).

Now, on top of all that you have window managers, or desktop environments. The former being something like fluxbox or blackbox and the latter being something like Gnome or KDE. For embedded systems somethong like (or based on) busybox is used.

I sometimes use xfce4 DE, but now use DWM WM 99% of the time ( see http://dwm.suckless.org/ ).

But whatever, it is still a GNU/Linux system, no matter how you say it.

NIck

Edited by Lethe (Tue 18-Oct-16 20:46:45)

Standard User BatBoy
(sensei) Tue 18-Oct-16 21:04:40
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but now use DWM WM 99% of the time ( see http://dwm.suckless.org/ ).

But whatever, it is still a GNU/Linux system, no matter how you say it.
Sorry, that's a tad confusing. Are you saying dwm is a GNU/Linux system because I think that is incorrect?
Standard User Lethe
(fountain of knowledge) Tue 18-Oct-16 21:47:37
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Nope - I was just saying I use DWM on a GNU/Linux system. Please pay attention.
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