OT! Re: Nuke Redmond!

From: Sellam Ismail <foo_at_siconic.com>
Date: Thu Jan 11 12:21:16 2001

On Thu, 11 Jan 2001 THETechnoid_at_home.com wrote:

> Linux should be and is sometimes still properly referred to as GNU/Linux.

Why? Linux is the kernel. GNU are the tools that happen to have been
compiled and distributed with it on many distributions. Would you call
HP/UX "GNU-HP/UX", or Solaris "Gnu/Solaris", or any BSD variant
"GNU/xBSD", just because GNU tools have been compiled and distributed with
those? Of course not!

> The GNU folks had nearly everything complete and right but the kernel.
> Linus wrote that - a very important piece of work, but hardly an operating
> system. Linus gets more credit than he deserves in this respect, but I
> can't fault him for it - he never asked for it, and possibly to his
> personal detriment, he hasn't exploited it.

Bullshit. See above.

> It was really freaky. There was all this software and no useful kernel
> and then out of the blue Linus Sh*ts this diamond. Whiskytangofoxtrot??!!

What good are Unix tools without a Unix kernel?

> Metaphoricaly, Microsoft is flying off the top of a very steep ramp.
> Either their momentum carries them to the other side, or there is going to
> be a crash. In between, and beyond the ramps, stand millions of
> well-earned enemies spraying 'silly string' at it while it is in flight.
> Good. Everyone pays thier debts sometime.

Wow, poetry on classiccmp. Who woulda thunk?

Sellam Ismail Vintage Computer Festival
International Man of Intrigue and Danger http://www.vintage.org
Received on Thu Jan 11 2001 - 12:21:16 GMT

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