[clug] Stallman visit

Anthony David adavid at adavid.com.au
Thu Mar 18 12:16:53 MDT 2010

Michael Still wrote:
> 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.
> Mikal
> PS: Don't get the started on Eric Raymond.
That might open some old sores.

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