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Dividing the Linux desktop
LWN.net Weekly Edition for June 13, 2013
A report from pgCon 2013
Little things that matter in language design
Different people have a different biases.
How much GNU is there in GNU/Linux?
Posted Jun 1, 2011 10:20 UTC (Wed) by mingo (subscriber, #31122)
I never ever corrected anyone to say "Linux/Ubuntu" instead of just "Ubuntu", or to say "Linux/Android" instead of just "Android".
This whole GNU/Linux naming crusade is just that: a crusade, trying to force things on others. You need to stop 'correcting' people when they say Android, Ubuntu or Linux, that they should say "GNU/".
Posted Jun 1, 2011 22:43 UTC (Wed) by jmalcolm (guest, #8876)
Posted Jun 2, 2011 1:05 UTC (Thu) by chad.netzer (guest, #4257)
Posted Jun 2, 2011 6:36 UTC (Thu) by mingo (subscriber, #31122)
So a proper, scalable development model (and, of course, good timing) matters a lot and can offset a bad name.
But yeah, i definitely agree that the "Freux" or "Freax" name would probably have been somewhat of an embarrassment with time, especially for desktop and business users.
(Just like dropping the cool minerals naming scheme (Beryl, Emerald, etc.) and going back to the dry and uninspiring "Compiz" name [for pure ego reasons!] was a disaster for that project, in terms of developer interest and growth.)
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