Posted Mar 16, 2007 23:06 UTC (Fri) by drag
In reply to: GNU/Busybox ?!?
Parent article: The road to freedom in the embedded world
Plus you have things like Gnome, which you know is GNU, that aren't getting any smaller!
The thing that is ironic about all of this is that for the majority of 'Linux' software out there has software created or maintained by GNU project as it's most fundamental dependancy.
That is, since the majority of GNU is very portable, and so then is the software that runs on it.
So the end effect is that it's much much much more easier to remove the 'Linux' out of the 'GNU/Linux' then it is to remove the 'GNU' and actually have a usable operating system.
But all of that has very little to do with this 'GNU/Busybox' term stuff.
I think that in this case, if you've been paying attention to exactly how Nokia 770 works is that it does replace a lot of GNU functionality with BusyBox to reduce the footprint, but in fact it still has a whole lot of GNU-provided userland to make it compatable with 'linux' software.
So it actually is a combination of GNU + Busybox-based userland as a basis for running 'Linux' software.
Were as typically for Linux PCs you only use busybox for initrd and the whole userland is GNU-based.
They realy should start using the + sign instead of the / sign for these things nowadays. That / has become only a way to invoke hugely political motivated and outspoken feelings in the whole anti-RMS/GPL league.
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