GNU License for Hardware

David Johnson arandir at
Sat Oct 16 05:08:38 UTC 1999

On Fri, 15 Oct 1999, Derek J. Balling wrote:
> At 02:59 PM 10/15/99 -0600, Richard Stallman wrote:
> >Actually I do not say that Linux is part of the GNU system.  What I
> >say is that the GNU/Linux system is the combination of GNU and Linux.
> >It is the result of integrating Linux into the GNU system, but it
> >isn't precisely the GNU system.  It is a system that differs from GNU
> >in having a different kernel.
> Ahhhh, but that implies that this was the direction of integration. I would 
> argue, and many others would also argue, that it was the GNU tools which 
> were integrated into the Linux system.

What suddenly struck me is that a GNU System with its own kernel, although it
exists today, did not exist when the original Linux distributions were created.
As I recall, back then GNU did not exist as a system in any form. It was a
future goal, but then it was only a collection of programs. So in one very real
sense, LinuxOS was around long before GNUOS.

David Johnson

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