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Re: Emacs vista build failures

From: Johannes Weiner
Subject: Re: Emacs vista build failures
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2008 05:34:45 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.0.60 (gnu/linux)


Richard M Stallman <address@hidden> writes:

>     You might want to throttle your auto-responder that triggers whenever
>     someone refers to `Linux' without the GNU/ prefix.
> That is an insulting thing to say.  I thought about how to respond
> to your message, as I always do.

My term was ambiguous to you.  You chose to respond as if I have been
factually wrong rather than having said something debatable.  So I felt
insulted too.

>     I really MEANT the kernel.
> In that case, you could have made your meaning unambiguous by saying
> "kernel".  Since we were talking about Windows, which is a complete
> operating system (not a kernel), it was entirely reasonable for me to
> think you too meant a complete system.
>     Quoting wikipedia:
>       An operating system (commonly abbreviated OS and O/S) is the software
>       component of a computer system that is responsible for the management
>       and coordination of activities and the sharing of the resources of the
>       computer. The operating system acts as a host for application programs
>       that are run on the machine.
> That is one of the two customary meanings of operating system.
> The other customary meaning refers to the whole system.
> Wikipedia ought to mention both, but I cannot fight them
> over this.

Is there a `them' in Wikipedia? :-)


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