Posted Mar 29, 2007 10:11 UTC (Thu) by k8to
In reply to: GNU/Busybox ?!?
Parent article: The road to freedom in the embedded world
> RMS even seems to give preference to the admittedly more cumbersome
> "GNU+Linux" form, which I believe is owed to his trying to make it
> very clear this is not a prefix for some independent project, but
> a combination of the two. If he had truly wanted to "claim fame" on
> the Linux kernel, he could just have proposed to rename the whole
> system to "GNU," but to my knowledge he never did that.
But this is exactly what he believes. He believes it is the GNU system, whether or not the components are in fact GNU components or other components which work in harmony with the GNU ones. The necessity of using terms like "GNU/Linux" is simply because Linux already had the name recognition and branding trains in motion, and no direct means of raising the profile was found to be available.
That is, I suspect he would insist on calling the whole thing GNU if he thought it would work.
"GNU+Linux" at least has the minor amount of tact to not imply that Linux is a GNU component.
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