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Re: configure script

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: configure script
Date: Wed, 12 Jun 2002 17:47:23 -0600 (MDT)

    This is about the most shameless lie and insinuation that I have ever
    heard.  Linus Torvalds has always acknowledged the major influence
    GNU has had on Linux development.

We recognize Linux, the kernel, as being primary Linus's work,
notwithstanding the many others who contributed to it.  Whether GNU
had any effect on the development of Linux does not seem to be a major

As for the operating system in which Linux became popular and is
mainly used, to say that we "had a major influence on it" is a gross
understatement.  It was never right to call this operating system
"Linux", and we ask people not to do that.

    That RMS quite shamelessly tries to hijack _all_ credit he can think
    of and feels comfortable with ignoring everybody else's contribution
    to Free systems as long as he gets his in, is quite hypocritical.

I call the system "GNU/Linux" specifically to give a share of the
credit for the system to Linus Torvalds.  I also frequently
acknowledge that many other people and projects have developed
programs that are now included in the system, including X, TeX, Mach,
and nowadays thousands more.  It is true I don't mention them in the
name of the system; is that what you are criticizing me for?  I don't
think we can, or need, mention all the secondary contributions in the
system's name.

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