Better Linux Support



  • Ruineka

    This is like the Vice Grips are actually locking pliers or Saran Wrap is actually plastic wrap, nobody cares. Linux is a universally understood term even if it were technically incorrect. People know what I'm talking about when I mention Linux without needing to specify GNU/Linux. Heck most people think the term PC stands for Windows and Mac stands for an apple product. You aren't wrong though just pointing out that people often use names and lingo in a incorrect way all the time for a lot of things.

  • LNDF


  • kostas456_YT

    What you guys are referring to as Linux, is in fact, GNU/Linux, or as I've recently taken to calling it, GNU plus Linux. Linux is not an operating system unto itself, but rather another free component of a fully functioning GNU system made useful by the GNU corelibs, shell utilities and vital system components comprising a full OS as defined by POSIX. Many computer users run a modified version of the GNU system every day, without realizing it. Through a peculiar turn of events, the version of GNU which is widely used today is often called "Linux", and many of its users are not aware that it is basically the GNU system, developed by the GNU Project. There really is a Linux, and these people are using it, but it is just a part of the system they use. Linux is the kernel: the program in the system that allocates the machine's resources to the other programs that you run. The kernel is an essential part of an operating system, but useless by itself; it can only function in the context of a complete operating system. Linux is normally used in combination with the GNU operating system: the whole system is basically GNU with Linux added, or GNU/Linux. All the so-called "Linux" distributions are really distributions of GNU/Linux.


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