GNU License for Hardware
Matthew C. Weigel
weigel+ at pitt.edu
Thu Oct 14 16:46:16 UTC 1999
On Thu, 14 Oct 1999, Derek Balling wrote:
> >Say what? The SunOS kernel isn't free. Why would RMS urge its use?
> We're not talking about urging its use, we're simply talking about "what
> would you CALL a hybrid of the SunOS kernel using entirely GNU
> applications". For RMS's contentions about the name "GNU/Linux" to be true,
> they also must hold true for "GNU/Solaris".
Yeah -- the SunOS kernel isn't free, so why should it be considered a GNU
system? ...Whereas Linux (the kernel) *is* free, and is considered part of
the GNU system. I don't think it should always be called GNU/Linux, in the
case of, say, S.u.S.E or OpenLinux etc., but when you're talking about an
operating environment that consists of the GNU system and a kernel licensed
under the GNU license...
I'm not sure I agree with it, but I *am* sure that GNU/Solaris is
> His claim is that Linux is the Kernel, and GNU is the "meat" of the OS,
> hence the "/" name. His claim also can be extended to GNU/Solaris, if
> someone were to design such a beast. RMS states that he would not encourage
> that name, even though he encourages GNU/Linux. THAT is the hypocrisy.
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.
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