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Re: [opensuse-marketing] GNU/Linux
  • From: "Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier" <jzb@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 17 Jun 2009 14:45:51 -0400
  • Message-id: <81d32afc0906171145l7c811f2an64a2e79417f38801@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
2009/6/17 Александр Мелентьев <alex239@xxxxxxxxx>:
2009/6/17 Rémy Marquis <remy.marquis@xxxxxxxxx>:
Imho, if you truly want to reflect the diversity of open-source
software in this name, you should change every "Linux" occurrence to
"GNU/Linux/X11/KDE/Apache/etc." which is not appropriate.

lame argument. On desktop you don't use Apache, on file server you
don't use X11/KDE etc, but you DO use GNU everywhere. Every
installation you are referencing as "Linux" is REALLY "GNU/Linux" and
you should be aware of it. While all other components are optional,
GNU tools are a must.

The "Linux" vs. "GNU/Linux" debate has been going on as long as I've
been using Linux (that's 13 years) and probably even longer than that.

I'd like to suggest that this isn't a terribly productive discussion
or one that's likely to 1) change anyone's mind, 2) change anything,
and 3) do anything to further adoption of GNU, Linux, open source,
free software, and/or openSUSE.

Some people feel very strongly for using "GNU/Linux," and others are
just as passionate against it. It's pretty much something we need to
agree to disagree on, or it's going to be divisive and not productive
in terms of being effective ambassadors or promoters of openSUSE. I'm
sure that's not the goal here.


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