that old GNU/Linux argument

Ric Moore wayward4now at gmail.com
Fri Jul 25 06:51:49 UTC 2008


On Thu, 2008-07-24 at 12:28 -0500, Les Mikesell wrote:
> max bianco wrote:
> > 
> > So you refer to your car by engine size? You tell people you drive a
> > 2.4 Liter car?
> > For the record when explaining to completely clueless people what
> > Linux is, they think Linux is one thing like Windows is one thing.
> > They will say " You mean like XP and Vista right?"  and you'll respond
> > *sigh* "No, not like that...." or "Well, sort of but ...."
> > Try explaining the concept of a distribution to someone who has no
> > idea what your talking about and you will soon find that calling the
> > OS Linux is really misleading. I don't care what you call it
> > personally but the other side has a very valid point. The kernel is
> > useless without the shell, compiler, etc...
> 
> Usually you name something for its more attractive features, not 
> utilitarian gunk.  There was a GNU project before Linux. Next to no one 
> used it.  There is still a GNU project OS without Linux.  No one uses 
> it.  What is the attractive part here?

Certainly not the GNU mascot. Tux rulz. :) Ric
<chuckles> 
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