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Tux.Ice
November 1st, 2008, 05:46 PM
I dont get it.... Why cant we call it 'Linux' why 'GNU/Linux'?

What do we use from GNU?

lukjad007
November 1st, 2008, 05:52 PM
The GNU Public License (GPL). And don't worry, few people call Linux "GNU/Linux". It's sort of like a formal name. Technically, Linux is just the kernel. You should call Ubuntu: Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex based on the GNU/Linux Kernel, licensed under the GPL License Version 2. But that's just a little too correct, formal and long for the average user.

At least, so I understand it. I really don't care too much. I basically use the term "Linux" as a catch all term, "Linux Kernel" for the kernel, and the distribution's name for a more specific use.

(PS, I have edited this a few times, just to make sure I didn't sound too confusing and/or short.)

magnus0
November 1st, 2008, 05:54 PM
Linux is only the kernel. GNU is the operating system you use.

It's about 2% Linux and 98% GNU in a distribution

http://www.gnu.org

cardinals_fan
November 1st, 2008, 06:01 PM
Linux is nothing more than a kernel. GNU provides the tools that make it an operating system.

Grant A.
November 1st, 2008, 06:27 PM
Well, let's put it this way: You have to give credit where credit is due.

artir
November 1st, 2008, 06:48 PM
Well, but more things in the system aren't GNU, such as GNOME, F-spot, openoffice...
So it should be called Ubuntu GNU/Linux/Gnome/X.org/Openoffice....

RiceMonster
November 1st, 2008, 06:58 PM
Well, but more things in the system aren't GNU, such as GNOME, F-spot, openoffice...
So it should be called Ubuntu GNU/Linux/Gnome/X.org/Openoffice....

GNOME is part of the GNU project. it originally stood for GNU Network Object Model Environment, but now it's just GNOME (still GNU, though) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNOME

artir
November 1st, 2008, 07:03 PM
GNOME is part of the GNU project. it originally stood for GNU Network Object Model Environment, but now it's just GNOME (still GNU, though) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNOME

Omg, you're right: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_GNU_packages
We are made of GNU!