GNU License for Hardware

Richard Stallman rms at
Mon Oct 18 18:43:55 UTC 1999

    > Finally, why should we trivialize the kernel of any OS as an "only
    > thing"?

When I say that Linux is only the kernel, I am not trying to minimize
the work of writing of a kernel.  I am comparing it with something of
a greater order of complexity--a whole operating system.  The kernel
is a substantial and important software package; at the same time, it
is just a part of the operating system.  The same is true of the
compiler, the C library, the editor, the debugger, to list some parts
of the system that were written by the GNU Project.

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