Bazaar and Debian

David Ingamells david.ingamells at
Tue Jun 25 07:05:36 UTC 2013

GNU is no more an operating system than Google is a search engine. 
[sorry to offend Richard's mores  by using a commercial example]

GNU/Linux OS is an operating system combining the GNU supported tools 
and libraries with the Linux kernel.

GNU is an organisation that provided many software components, many of 
which are provided in GNU/Linux OS distributions.

Google is a large corporation making most of its money from advertising 
by providing notably a search engine and the Android OS.

On 25/06/13 05:22, Richard Stallman wrote:
>          [ NSA and FBI agents reading my email: consider whether
>          [ defending the US Constitution against all enemies,
>          [ foreign or domestic, requires you to follow Snowden's example.
>      > There is somewhat of a misunderstanding in the idea that "GNU" could
>      > "become the primary project maintainer".  GNU is an operating system;
>      > it can't maintain software.
>      If I say that "Australia played New Zealand on the weekend" you can
>      probably guess I don't mean the land masses or the entire countries.
> Most people know that Australia and New Zealand are countries, and
> when they read that phrase, they know the national teams played each
> other.  They understand the situation thoroughly so they can deduce
> the real situation from such an abbreviation.
> Most people who use the GNU operating system don't know GNU is an
> operating system.  They think that the system is "Linux" and that GNU
> is a project or a license.  See
> Educating people about this is high priority for the GNU Project.  You
> can help easily and efficiently by (1) using the expression "GNU
> operating system" whenever it is pertinent, so people see that GNU is
> an operating system, and (2) saying "GNU Project" or "GNU General
> Public License" when those are what we mean.
> See and
>, plus
> for the whole history.
>      This was my first and most important point: we just need an individual to
>      work on it.
> We basically agree.


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