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Re: [Pan-users] Re: clearing headers?

From: David Kelly
Subject: Re: [Pan-users] Re: clearing headers?
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2008 22:33:40 -0500

On Oct 7, 2008, at 5:09 PM, CSV4ME2 wrote:

First Richard S. cs. created GNU in the eighties,
than there was Linus T creating Linux in the nineties
and later on glueing GNU unto the Linux kernel giving us a nice UNIX clone.

No, Stallman failed to create GNU. GNU was to be Stallman's OS. GCC is only the C compiler created for GNU. GNU recursively stands for Gnu is Not Unix.

Stallman's vision did not appear until an upstart in Finland made a workable kernel. It just so happened that he used the compiler Stallman championed. Then others started packaging "distributions" which included gcc and other components intended for GNU. BSD components were also used. The mix depended all upon whoever was packaging the distribution. This is why Linux is only the kernel, not the OS.

When GNU failed to produce a complete OS, Stallman lays claim to Linux by trying to label it GNU/Linux.

I quit trying to use Linux back in the Slackware days. Was too unstable. One still had to collect patchkits from various places to make it run properly, and then patches often conflicted and nothing ran properly. After crashes trashed my filesystem the 3rd time in one week requiring the 3rd complete re-install I tried FreeBSD 2.0.0- RELEASE. It too wasn't perfect, but it ran reliably doing the tasks Linux would not run reliably. Last week one of my FreeBSD boxes reached 730 days of uptime, and is still running as an in-house email, web server, and SVN repository.

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David Kelly N4HHE, address@hidden
Whom computers would destroy, they must first drive mad.

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