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Re: [Savannah-hackers] Re: Help wanted (sysadmin work)

From: Rudy Gevaert
Subject: Re: [Savannah-hackers] Re: Help wanted (sysadmin work)
Date: Thu, 17 Jun 2004 03:40:13 -0400
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On Wed, Jun 16, 2004 at 04:36:12AM -0400, Yaroslav Klyukin wrote:
> I would be still nicer if GNU software was marked as such in 
> documentation or source.
> Don't you think so?
> This way everything is easy:
> - Count all software packages on CD.
> - Get the percentage of GNU software.
> - If GNU software constitutes over 50% of the OS, then it has all rights 
> to be mentioned in the name of the OS.
> Does it make sense?

I don't think so.  The primary reason of calling the system GNU/Linux
is that people have to know about the ethical reasons why the system
exists.  We are trying to make a completely free (as in freedom)
operating system.  Calling the system "Linux" does not reflect the
ideas of the Free Software movement.  Calling our movement something
else, has even worse effect.

Also, calling the system only GNU/Linux if it has over 50% GNU
software would not work. Because the amount of non-GNU software
increases faster than the amount of GNU software.  

Please note that when helping Savannah, you act as a spokesmen for the
Free Software foundation, thus it must be clear that you will have to
use the language that the FSF uses and must educate other users about
the goals of the FS movement.

Thank you for your time
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