[News] LinuxCon 2010 Targets Linux, But "GNU/Linux" is Important

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LinuxCon 2010 Call for Papers

,----[ Quote ]
| The Linux Foundation has announced that the 
| Call for Papers deadline for LinuxCon 2010 
| will be the 31st of March. Registration for 
| the non-profit organisation's second annual 
| conference, which will take place from the 
| 10th to the 12th of August, 2010 in Boston 
| Massachusetts,  is now open. Jim Zemlin, 
| executive director of The Linux Foundation 
| said that, “LinuxCon has quickly become the 
| destination for collaborating in person on all 
| matters Linux".


There's nothing wrong with being thankful (or why I say GNU/Linux)

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| For example, simplicity for newcomers: What 
| about when you have a distro that doesn't have 
| Linux inside of it? Say, Debian's hurd or 
| kFreeBSD or NetBSD ports? Those are distros, 
| but Linux is not to be found inside cause it 
| (the kernel) has been replaced for another 
| kernel. What are we gonna call them? Debian 
| Non-Linux? Go figure how you will explain that 
| to newcomers ("sure... it's Debian Linux... 
| but it has no linux... yet it is linux". 
| Priceless).
| Some people have said that it's out of 
| Stallman's big ego that he wants everybody to 
| call it GNU. Well, I think Stallman hits the 
| nail (at least on the funny part) when he says 
| that "sure... and that's why I ask people to 
| call it Stallmanix". So I think it's not out 
| of ego... but maybe if he had named the OS 
| Stallmanix in the first place, we wouldn't be 
| having this argument as it (too) is more 
| catchy than GNU. :-)



The Wikipedia "Naming Controversy" by Joshua Gay

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| On the English version of Wikipedia there is an article that discusses the
| naming controversy over whether one should call the operating
| system “GNU/Linux” or “Linux.” In that article, some contend that Linux is
| the more popular and common name for the system. But when writing an
| encyclopedia, neither popularity nor commonality are the paramount concerns.
| Calling the system “GNU/Linux” is more factually accurate, as the GNU project
| largely forms the base of all distributions of the operating system. For
| example, GNU packages accounts for 14.79% of the 16.5GB of source packages
| used to build the Main repository of the gNewSense GNU/Linux distribution
| (deltad). They also constitute 6.69% of the 27GBs of source packages from
| which the Universe repository is built. Linux weighs in at about 253MB and
| accounts for approximately 1.5% of the source code needed to build the Main
| repository. Furthermore, Linux itself is generally built using GNU libraries
| and GNU tools, and on many systems depends on them being there.

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