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What is Linux?

  • Adam Brightmore February 24, 2009, 2:37 pm

    In the more about copyright section you imply that only open source software can be included with Linux. While I myself only use propriety software when no open source alternative is available or abstain altogether, saying you can’t include it would be a lie. Other then that everything else you say I agree with and I’ll be keeping this link to show anyone else that asks me this question.

  • yoander February 24, 2009, 2:52 pm

    In the most strict sense the term: Linux distribution is wrong , the right must be GNU/Linux distribution because the major % of the utilities come from GNU Project(gcc, bash, gawk,GNU grep, GNU grub, others) inclusive the binaries provided by “Distros Maker” are build with GCC and in the other hand one of the most used desktop environment: GNOME come from GNU Project too.

  • Pinguinpat February 24, 2009, 4:36 pm

    Linux is a operating system, otherwise you could say vista is a kernel and the vista “business or whatever” is the operating system.

    The hart of a pc is the cpu, the hart of the os is the kernel!!

    • atobatele abiola July 13, 2011, 9:53 am

      linux is an operating system and an operating system operates in the kernel

  • nixCraft February 24, 2009, 5:00 pm

    @Adam, I’ve update the FAQ and included a little info about propriety software under Linux.

    @yoander, I’ve also added “GNU/Linux vs Linux naming controversy” topic.

    Appreciate all your posts.

  • RLBFerreira February 25, 2009, 2:53 pm

    “Most Linux distribution uses term like Red Hat Linux or Debian Linux or sometime simply Linux. Some distributions such as Debian use GNU/Linux term.”

    “Debian Linux” and “Debian GNU/Linux”? The right term is “Debian GNU/Linux” and Debian uses that term since 1993 (date of is creation).

    Anyway, I think this is simple.. GNU without Linux or vice-versa are nothing! Linus can have an excellent kernel, but without applications from GNU (cp, mv, ls, etc..) we need to code from scratch. GNU have the same problem.. the only difference is that GNU started his kernel (Hurd) but never finished, so their applications without an kernel don’t do much!

    In my opinion GNU/Linux is the best term to use!

  • yoander (sedlav) May 4, 2009, 8:50 pm

    Why Linux is not the Operating System?
    Linux and the GNU Project

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