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[News] The Fallacy That Linux is an Operating System (Rather Than World's Leading Platform)

  • Subject: [News] The Fallacy That Linux is an Operating System (Rather Than World's Leading Platform)
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 11 May 2009 20:49:51 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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GNU or Linux?

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| The GNU/Linux name is possibly the most controversial and most misunderstood 
| issue surrounding Linux. David Chisnall looks at the reasoning for the name 
| and asks whether it's justified.  
| No other system has experienced so much controversy over its name. A great 
| many flame wars have erupted over the Free Software Foundation's suggestion  
| that distributions such as Ubuntu and Fedora should be called GNU/Linux, 
| rather than Linux. Are they just trying to take credit for other peoples' 
| work, or is their argument valid?   


Linux is not an OS

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| One way that it could be claimed that Linux is not an operating system is by 
| asserting that what we call "Linux" is in fact a name of the kernel, a core 
| of the operating system, rather than an OS as a whole. Such assertions would 
| usually come from the Free Software supporters who would quickly point out 
| how the proper way to call this "OS" is as "GNU/Linux" because it is only 
| after combining the Linux as a kernel with GNU as tools that the operating 
| system actually is capable of operating usefully.      
| [...]
| I have no faith at all in the Linux unification cause as much as I don't have 
| faith in command economies such as those in the soviet union. They never 
| work.  
| The sooner we stop dreaming about it probably the better. Instead of 
| endlessly pushing for the impossible, each distribution should realize that 
| they are a project of providing a unique operating system, not merely some 
| sort of a "subset" of a larger OS, with all of the implied responsibilities 
| and false obligations that come from that. They should focus on providing 
| their own particular operating system experience, NOT the "Linux experience".      



LAMP Development - Backbone Of The World Wide Web

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| The LAMP development system is something that has always powered
| the World Wide Web. Combining the powers of Linux with the other
| features gives web designers the ability to create versatile
| websites. This system will continue to be powerful tools for
| web designers as long as the changes of users are noted
| and implemented.

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