[clug] Stallman visit

Michael Still mikal at stillhq.com
Thu Mar 18 12:10:52 MDT 2010

Brendan Jurd wrote:
> On 18 March 2010 10:56, Alex Satrapa <grail at goldweb.com.au> wrote:
>> On 18/03/2010, at 10:52 , Steven Hanley wrote:
>>> Just a thought, Bob just suggested that maybe RMS will not want to visit
>>> CLUG asw we do not include Gnu in the name of the user group.
>> Would you use an operating system called "Linux/GNU/Apache/ISC/…"?  Just typing out the name of the OS shouldn't be the major use of your time when using a particular OS.
> Indeed.  There's much to admire in what RMS has done in the software
> world, and much to be grateful to him for.  But his perverse demand
> that everybody prepend "GNU/" to things is ... well, lame.
> Part of the reason GNU enjoys such widespread use is the success of
> Linux.  Part of the success of Linux is due to its name.  It's short,
> it's catchy, it's easy to pronounce.  By contrast, "GNU/Linux" would
> have Hindenburged right into the ground.

Do you have any evidence to support that statement? I find it pretty 
hard to believe, especially given that Linux is most successful in 
fields where the users are unaware of the software they are using 
(servers, embedded systems, etc).

Don't get me wrong -- I'm pretty sure RMS is insane, but the name issue 
doesn't seem like the right place to point to insanity.


PS: Don't get the started on Eric Raymond.

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