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Re: Distro name
Re: Distro name
Wed, 02 Jan 2013 15:14:53 -0800 (PST)
Dmitri Paduchikh <address@hidden> wrote ..
> For 30 years "GNU" has acquired much broader meaning than just a
> You will have to differentiate distro name from this broader meaning
> constantly qualifying that it is Guix distro which you are talking
> about. And it will be harder to search in Google.
This isn't anything new though: There's The GNU Project, consisting
of RMS as the head in his capacity as Chief GNUisance, Karl Berry as
Assistant Chief GNUisance, along with various GNU Maintainers that
collectively work on The GNU Operating System, which is itself made
up of individual the GNU Packages maintained by the respective
It's not much different that, say, Debian: The Debian Project is made
up of Debian Developers that work on the Debian GNU/Linux
distribution. The project & distribution are considered separate
entities but could you imagine that the Debian Developers would would
ever make a separate distribution called, say, "Not Debian" and say
it's unoffical and that the Debian distrro and the Not Debian distro
are two different systems? Wouldn't it seem strange?
I suppose it depends on how you view the role, which could probably
be seen from a few different directions: Is it to make a GNU package
that makes an unofficial GNU distribution (of which there are
hundreds so this in't much different, except for having a more
interesting package manager), or is it that the GNU Maintainers are
using GNU Project infrastructure to work on an official GNU package
called GNU Guix, and getting everything packaged up for a proper
release of the GNU Opearating System (finally.) The actions necessary
to accomplish each seems to be the (nearly) the same, with the only
difference being what you call it.
Re: Distro name, Nikita Karetnikov, 2013/01/02