What do to about BitKeeper and the Linux Kernel (was: BitKeeper licence critic)

Jeroen Dekkers jeroen at dekkers.cx
Fri Mar 8 21:16:46 UTC 2002

On Fri, Mar 08, 2002 at 09:07:05PM +0000, Luciano Miguel Ferreira Rocha wrote:
> On Fri, Mar 08, 2002 at 07:26:25PM +0100, Jeroen Dekkers wrote:
> > I don't see why I should even care about Linux and especially Linus at
> > all. Personally, I just help finishing the GNU system instead of
> > caring about the GNU/Linux variant. I don't see why people supporting
> > free software want to get associated with some bunch of people
> > promoting non-free software, use the term open source and try to get
> > all the credits themself for writing an operating system.
> Since when? Their product is a free kernel, they never claimed to
> produce a complete operating system. Don't confuse the errors of
> some people with the developers of the Linux Kernel.

Most, if not all, call it the OS "Linux", not giving credits to
GNU. Also I've heard at least one of the main Linux hackers saying
that naming it GNU/Linux is just stupid because GNU is just a little
piece and you could better name it Xfree86/Perl/QT/GNU/Linux, which
totally missed the point.
> > They don't give credits to the biggest part of the operating system,
> > GNU, a part that is such important that without it Linux wasn't even
> > possible.
> They don't because they don't produce full operating systems.

But they refer to the full OS often enough.

> They don't because the Linux Kernel doesn't require GNU in order to
> function.

They do, they need gcc for example. Also there doesn't exist any
real-life used OS with Linux and without GNU.

> They don't because GNU and some ppl like you don't give credit to Linux.

Can you name an example? I've never heard someone calling the
"GNU/Linux" system "GNU".

Jeroen Dekkers
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