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Sean Cavanaugh Millenia2000 at hotmail.com
Wed May 13 20:33:46 UTC 2009

From: "Saifi Khan" <saifi.khan at twincling.org>
Sent: Wednesday, May 13, 2009 9:04 PM
To: "Sean Cavanaugh" <millenia2000 at hotmail.com>
Cc: <jerrymc at msu.edu>; <korikov.zk at gmail.com>; 
<freebsd-questions at freebsd.org>
Subject: RE: Welcome to the "freebsd-questions" mailing list

> On Wed, 13 May 2009, Sean Cavanaugh wrote:
>> (The true nomenclature is GNU/Linux when refering to a Linux based OS).
> Not true.
> "Please give us the credit for userland" is the line of
> reasoning used for the puported TLA prefix ! silly actually.
> Please see
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNU/Linux_naming_controversy
> thanks
> Saifi.

based on the wiki page (which we ALL know is NEVER wrong) states that 
GNU/Linux is the correct form and the ONLY reason for calling it just Linux 
is that its easier to say and that's how its known overall in mainstream 
media. There is additional in that it also runs non-GNU based programs such 
as apache, but the base of it all is that Linux by itself is not an OS, just 
a kernel. Debian Illustrates this perfectly as they have done several 
different distros using different Kernels to run GNU userland, including 
FreeBSD ( http://www.debian.org/ports/kfreebsd-gnu/ ), NetBSD, and Hurd.


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