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gnustandards maintain.texi

From: Richard M. Stallman
Subject: gnustandards maintain.texi
Date: Thu, 22 Dec 2011 00:43:41 +0000

CVSROOT:        /sources/gnustandards
Module name:    gnustandards
Changes by:     Richard M. Stallman <rms>       11/12/22 00:43:41

Modified files:
        .              : maintain.texi 

Log message:
        Explain how to talk about systems with Linux as the kernel.


Index: maintain.texi
RCS file: /sources/gnustandards/gnustandards/maintain.texi,v
retrieving revision 1.209
retrieving revision 1.210
diff -u -b -r1.209 -r1.210
--- maintain.texi       3 Dec 2011 01:06:26 -0000       1.209
+++ maintain.texi       22 Dec 2011 00:43:41 -0000      1.210
@@ -5,7 +5,7 @@
 @c For double-sided printing, uncomment:
 @c @setchapternewpage odd
 @c This date is automagically updated when you save this file:
address@hidden lastupdate December 2, 2011
address@hidden lastupdate December 21, 2011
 @c %**end of header
 @dircategory GNU organization
@@ -2126,6 +2126,17 @@
 terminology and its reasons, you can refer to the URL
+To make it clear that Linux is a kernel, not an operating system,
+please take care to avoid using the term ``Linux system'' in those
+materials.  If you want to have occasion to make a statement about
+systems in which the kernel is Linux, write ``systems in which the
+kernel is Linux'' or ``systems with Linux as the kernel.''  That
+explicitly contrasts the system and the kernel, and will help readers
+understand the difference between the two.  Please avoid simplified
+forms such as ``Linux-based systems'' because those fail to highlight
+the difference between the kernel and the system, and could encourage
+readers to overlook the distinction.
 To contrast the GNU system properly with respect to GNU/Linux, you can
 call it ``GNU/Hurd'' or ``the GNU/Hurd system''.  However, when that
 contrast is not specifically the focus, please call it just ``GNU'' or

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