The first FOSS OS was GNU+Linux. BSD missed that distinction because of the ATT lawsuit (thru no fault of theirs).
Even as late as November 1993 had Sun opened up Solaris+Toolchain we would not be talking about Linux anything nor GNU anything.
>Of course Stallman claims none of it would have happened without him,
>even though people who had never heard of him were doing it.
Really? He claims that? Nope. He has been clear and upfront that he came from a community that shared code. It was the instrusion of proprietary software and the loss of those communities that crystallised him to write the GNU manifesto and start FSF.
At a time when everybody was jumping ship to proprietary companies and becoming multimillonaires. True eventually we would have had all the FOSS software we have... but at a delay of atleast 3-5 years without GNU. And who can estimate the ecosystem effects the delay would have had on the Internet?
Anyway giving credit to FSF and GNU is not about RMS. It is not even about giving credit to FSF and GNU it is about spreading the philosophy of freedom and ending the slavery of copyright. Did I point you to "Misintrepreting Copyright"?
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