Change for Caldera OpenLinux Workstation

John Tapsell tapselj0 at
Thu Jun 28 16:10:58 UTC 2001

On Thu, 01 Jan 1970, you wrote:
> On Thu, 28 Jun 2001 John Tapsell wrote:
> > 
> > On Thu, 28 Jun 2001, Georg C. F. Greve wrote:
> > 
> > >If we are to give it a "pure GNU/Linux" stamp, it must contain Free
> > >Software only. So every package on the distribution must qualify
> > >according to the Free Software definition of the FSF.
> > 
> > Not to be picky or anything, but that would imply to me that it just contained
> > the linux kernel and programs owned by the GNU... 
> Not only GNU programs. The Linux kernel is not GNU, nor are Apache, KDE... 
> and many other significant programs. Some may have been written with a OpenSource motivation,
> but that does not make them non-free. 
> (Many OpenSource projects use the GPL and Linux is case in piont).

uh... that was my exact point.
Saying its "pure GNU/Linux" seems to imply to me that everything is either the
linux kernel, or owned by GNU.

> > Might want to see how other ppl react ..
> could be good when they realise they can use Gnome Office or KDE Office instead of 
> paying for Corel or Applixware. Ditto Databases, use Postgres or MySQL can replace Oracle etc..
> This is a good time to emphasise the functionality of a 100% free system.

no no, I meant see if other ppl think that "Pure GNU/Linux" means its only
contains programs done by the GNU plus the kernel.

> Nick Hockings.
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15 years from now, she will come to me and say 'Daddy, where were you when
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