[ppc-mobo] Re: GNU License for Hardware

Geert Uytterhoeven Geert.Uytterhoeven at sonycom.com
Tue Oct 12 08:08:52 UTC 1999

On Tue, 12 Oct 1999, Russell Nelson wrote:
> Kristofer Coward writes:
>  > > I have to disagree. I agree with many of Richard's concepts, (although I 
>  > > still don't call it GNU/Linux *G*) but for hardware I have to seriously 
>  > > disagree.
>  > 
>  > There are already systems (Amiga, iirc) which use the Linux kernel outside
>  > the GNU system.. in proprietary systems even. Regrettably, their claims
>  > that they now use Linux are absolutely correct, and will lead people to
>  > believe that they're using an entire free/open system, instead of just the
>  > free kernel.
> Nope.  Unices have always been named after their kernel.  You
> acknowledge my point when you say "the Linux kernel", because
> otherwise people would think you meant the operating system named
> Linux.  If I was to replace all of Solaris's utilities with the GNU
> equivalents, would anybody call it GNU/Solaris?  No, of course not.

In the case of Solaris, the kernel is still called `SunOS', while the whole
environment is called `Solaris'. Try `uname' on a Solaris box to find out.

Hence I'm working on a GNU+Solaris/SunOS system right now :-)



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