GNU License for Hardware
Matthew C. Weigel
weigel+ at pitt.edu
Thu Oct 14 17:26:03 UTC 1999
On Thu, 14 Oct 1999, Derek J. Balling wrote:
> The only people (or to clarify, the FIRST person) who claimed Linux was
> "part of the GNU system" was RMS. Linus -- the principal author -- made no
> such claims and has in fact stated just the opposite. (You'll notice that
> even after being made fully aware of RMS's position, Linus does not use the
> abomination "GNU/Linux").
I actually agree; I was attempting to clarify what seems to continue to be
> >I'm not sure I agree with it, but I *am* sure that GNU/Solaris is
> It is the GNU system running Solaris kernel, just as RMS's claim that it is
> the GNU system running the Linux kernel. We're not talking quantum physics
Yeah, it's the GNU system with the Solaris kernel -- which is not and can
not be part of GNU. Linux *can*. That's the difference.
> >Except that you can't create a GNU system with proprietary software, so
> >until the SunOS kernel is free, it won't be a GNU system.
> Linux doesn't try to be the GNU system either, despite RMS's claim to the
But in some cases it does; witness Debian GNU/Linux, the GNU system
including the Linux kernel. IMO, right now, it's pretty much the only
GNU/Linux system, though.
Matthew Weigel Programmer/Sysadmin
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