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Re: Distro name

From: Jason Self
Subject: Re: Distro name
Date: 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 
> distro.
> 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.

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