[clug] Kernels are easy, ls is the hard part!

Michael Still mikal at stillhq.com
Fri Sep 14 00:50:58 GMT 2007

Hugh Fisher wrote:
> Michael Cohen wrote:
>> Hugh, I think you are missing the whole point. Whether you like it or
>> not any piece of code licenced under the GPL falls under the name gnu
>> software - and by extension is represented by the FSF. Stallman is not
>> claiming that he personally wrote all the code in the average linux
>> distro - he is just saying that it is gnu code (i.e. released under
>> gpl). On this point he is correct.
> This is certainly what RMS wants you to think: that anyone
> using the GPL is automatically a supporter of the FSF and
> RMS. But it isn't always true, and certainly not for the
> Linux kernel. Linus Torvalds has said several times, most
> recently during the 'kernel should be GPL 3' debate on the
> kernel mailing list that he picked the GPL *license* for
> Linux, not the whole FSF philosophy.
> (I don't subscribe to the kernel mailing list but various
> segments of the debate were linked to from elsewhere.
> Google for it.)

Its also important to note that not all projects released under the GPL
are "GNU" projects. None of my code is "GNU" for example.


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