Posted Dec 15, 2002 4:22 UTC (Sun) by Peter
In reply to: Better name?
Parent article: The LWN.net 2002 Linux Timeline
The title could be better though.
The "Linux" in "2002 Linux Timeline" has the same meaning as the "L" in "LWN". It doesn't mean "Linux the OS kernel" or even "Linux the OS". Rather it is more like "Linux the socio-politico-economic scene" - which encompasses any and all free software, any and all non-free software that happens to work with free software, any and all companies that have ever made a single positive gesture toward either of the above, any and all companies that have ever made a single negative gesture toward free software, and any and all political doings that have any an impact on free software or vice versa.
(Yeah, you guessed it, that's my biggest problem with LWN - the scope is a little broad. This has gotten a lot better lately, by the way - the main thing that bothered me in the past was the "Linux in the News" section - it used to be chock full of articles that weren't at all about Linux or free software, but happened to drop the word "Linux" somewhere. It seems we're seeing less of that "not really Linux related" news in LWN nowadays, which is good.)
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