An article on segfault confirms what many of us were worried about when
Stallman started insisting that linux be called GNU/Linux. Read ahead:
GNU/Linux name row starts up again
Following a recent reaffirmation of Richard Stallman's that Linux-based
operating systems make note of the fact that a large proportion of their
software is GNU software, by changing their names to 'GNU/Linux', many
other notable software groups have made their feelings known on the
One notable Linux distributer has reported that, of its entire
distribution, the Linux kernel makes up 3% and GNU software 30%. The
missing 67% has recently been addressed.
XFree86 has requested that its name be tagged onto the end of the
operating system name, and Wine, Perl, Berkeley, Gimp, Mesa, Python,
Apache, Sendmail, Bind and Tcl have all made similar requests.
All distributions using the name GNU/Linux had no moral choice but to
oblige, and become
Wine/Perl/BSD/Gimp/Mesa/Python/Apache/Sendmail/Bind/Tcl/GNU/Linux - or
WPBSMPASBTGL (pronounced 'Linux') for short.
Red Hat, on the other hand, is considering changing the name of its
Linux distribution to `ls -R /` (pronounced 'Lisa Slash'). This would
avoid any future changes in name, since Bash performs the backticks
expansion by executing "ls -R /" and replacing the command substitution
with the standard output of the command, with any trailing newlines
deleted, and the -R switch to 'ls' lists files in directories
recursively, thus producing a list of all files on the machine.
Other Linux and Unix vendors are reportedly considering similar name
changes, and Microsoft Corporation has decided to change the names of
all future releases of its Windows line of operating systems to "Click
on the Start button. Move to 'Find'. Click on 'Files or Folders'. A
'Find' window should pop up. Enter '*.*' in the 'Named' field.
'My Computer' from the drop-down 'Look in' menu. Click 'Find Now'.
Please wait, this may take a few minutes." Microsoft decided against the
name "dir c:\*.* /s" because "it would be too complicated for the
average Windows user."
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