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Re: [libreplanet-discuss] New GNU

From: Miles Fidelman
Subject: Re: [libreplanet-discuss] New GNU
Date: Mon, 07 May 2012 20:25:50 -0400
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Ramana Kumar wrote:
On Mon, May 7, 2012 at 9:29 PM, Robert Martinez < <>> wrote:

    I think you're stirring up everybody becauseyou say things like:

    "I wanted to launch GNU anew with the focus being primarily on the
    goal of freedom."
    But GNU already HAS the primary goal of freedom!
    I believe your point is to create a label that transports the
    value more clearly.
    And i must say i thought about that sometimes, too:
    The OSI has a sticker that indicates stuff that is open source
    with the green cut open "O".
    Nothing like that exists for free software.
    But then again you should see that you don't want to "relaunch"
    GNU, since GNU is Not Unix, and is a big project.

Ah sorry, I think I was unclear.
When I said "relaunch" I only meant it in an advertising/publicity sense. The system itself would not be new, and would not have been written from scratch! Rather, I think since GNU is so unheard of these days, it could be a neat trick to "launch" it as a "new" operating system, which looks like a distribution of "Linux" but is better not for technical reasons but for moral reasons.

Ummm... you seem to be mixing up a bunch of different things:
- the concept of FOSS
- FOSS Unix Distributions (we have plenty of both FOSS Linux and BSD distributions, plus a few OpenSolaris varients) - a "GNU version of Linux" (arguably all, or at least most distributions of Linux are GNU/Linux, a GNU kernel never really took off)

And then there's really the question of who you're suggesting we market to, and what you're suggesting we market. Different audiences care about (or can be brought to care about) different things.

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice.
In practice, there is.   .... Yogi Berra

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