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Re: Bug#139792: emacs21: Press PageDown, get infinite loop

From: Peter S Galbraith
Subject: Re: Bug#139792: emacs21: Press PageDown, get infinite loop
Date: Tue, 16 Apr 2002 09:56:30 -0400

>     > WHAT IS LINUX?
>     >
>     >   Linux is a Unix clone written from scratch by Linus Torvalds with
>     >   assistance from a loosely-knit team of hackers across the Net.
>     >   It aims towards POSIX compliance. 
> That isn't true--I am sad to see that the kernel developers are
> distributing this inaccurate statement.  See
> http://www.gnu.org/gnu/linux-and-gnu.html.
>     >   It is distributed under the GNU General Public License - see the
>     >   accompanying COPYING file for more details. 
> The kernel is released under the GNU GPL, but the whole system--the
> Unix clone--is not.  It includes components such as X11, GNU libc,
> Apache, TeX, etc., which have other licenses.
> The kernel developers ought to know this.  How did they manage to
> overlook it?  It appears that they were fooled by their own confusing
> practice of calling the whole system "Linux."  Fooled, as millions of
> others have been fooled.  How ironic!
> Could Debian correct these release notes to prevent them from
> confusing anyone else in the same way?  Rob, could you ask?

I agree that Nick picked a bad example to show you to illustrate a bug
he may have found in Emacs, but let's not get sidetracked.  The text has
nothing to do with the bug.  The "WHAT IS LINUX?" example text that Nick
selected is from the Linux kernel source README file which discusses
configuring, compiling and installing the kernel.  In that context,
Linus is obviously referring to "Linux" the kernel, and not "Linux" the

There are no release notes for Debian to correct.


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