Free software on wikipedia

Max Moritz Sievers mms at
Tue Jan 16 17:31:34 UTC 2007

Ciaran O'Riordan wrote:
> About the GNU OS:
> About the GNU+Linux OS:

Most people don't know GNU at all. Most of the others think it's a project. 
GNU was from the beginning an operating system. There is no need to say GNU 
OS. You don't say OpenBSD OS or Windows OS, do you? With the Linux OS it is 
different. Only we at the FSF(E) know Linux is just a kernel. In the 
beginning it was proprietary, so it is absurd to say Torvalds started "Linux" 
or "open source" software. The media always write stuff like this. I just 
fixed the "Linux" (meaning GNU/Linux) article in german Wikipedia. 
The "emergence of Linux" and the "chronology" both started with 1991. 

On the talk page of the english article about "Linux" I started some 
discussions about renaming all the related articles and changing the use of 
the name Linux in Wikipedia. Maybe you can comment on this:

Other older discussions (of this year) are already archived and titled "Jan 
2007 flame wars":

Maybe I was not very ably. I see now some weak points in my argumentation. But 
I don't know what to say to them after all these discussions. That's why I 
called for comments in Wikipedia and now I ask you.

Max Moritz Sievers

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