|Linux Not an OS
||[Jun. 14th, 2005|06:24 pm]
For the record: Linux is not an Operating System. Linux is the kernel that is most commonly used in conjunction with the GNU operating system, giving us GNU/Linux:|
"The GNU Hurd is not ready for production use. Fortunately, another kernel is available. In 1991, Linus Torvalds developed a Unix-compatible kernel and called it Linux. Around 1992, combining Linux with the not-quite-complete GNU system [which has been under development since 1984] resulted in a complete, free operating system. (Combining them was a substantial job in itself, of course.) It is due to Linux that we can actually run a version of the GNU system today.People who say "Linux Sucks"... Are you referring to Linus's kernel, or are you referring to the entire package, which is often mistakenly referred to as "Linux"? I'm curious. What is it that you have a gripe with? Something along the lines of the way that the kernel "Linux" deals with drivers? Or more something along the lines of the way there are so many different "distros", with just as many package management systems, etc.? Or do you hate parts of the GNU operating system, such as bash, GCC, GNOME, GAWK, Gcron (which is much more secure than Vixie cron), The GIMP, Emacs, GNU GRUB, GnuPG, etc., etc., etc....? Because for someone to say that "Linux Sucks" and mean the overall appearence or something, only to go and use GNOME on a *BSD system is rather hypocritical... wouldn't you say? I mean... what's the difference between jumping on one bandwagon versus the next?
"We call this system version GNU/Linux, to express its composition as a combination of the GNU system with Linux as the kernel."
--Richard M. Stallman
Founder, Free Software Foundation
No disrespect meant, I'm just really curious as to what you mean.