Accusations, accusations, always accusations
rms at gnu.org
Sun Oct 24 17:36:20 UTC 1999
When people talk only about which specific programs come from the GNU
Project, that's a basic misunderstanding of what we produced.
Many people and groups developed programs that are in the GNU/Linux
system today. Most of them did their work because they wanted to
write a program to do X, Y or Z. So when we judge their
contributions, we naturally look at what programs they developed, and
what those programs are useful for.
The GNU Project alone among these contributors had a higher-order
goal: to make a whole free operating system. To do this, we had to
write lots of programs. But unlike the other contributors, we were
not *just* writing programs. They were steps in developing an
operating system--essentially the system that most people call "Linux".
Calling the operating system "Linux" gives the impression that the GNU
Project was *just* about writing a bunch programs, and that suggests
one should judge our work in terms of *just* the individual programs.
That's missing the forest for the trees. (It still comes out that we
planted more of the trees than anyone else did.)
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