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GNU? Isn’t that some kind of monkey?

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| As an avid Linux user, even I haven’t paid that much attention to the history
| of Linux - putting it all down to Mr Torvalds himself. To quote the site:
| Whether you use GNU/Linux or not, please don’t confuse the public by
| using the name “Linux” ambiguously. Linux is the kernel, one of the
| essential major components of the system. The system as a whole is
| basically the GNU system, with Linux added. When you’re talking about
| this combination, please call it “GNU/Linux”.


What a horrible paragraph there is in this new article:

Even the Pentagon shares ‘open-source’ approach

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| The mother of the open-source world is the Linux computer operating system
| fathered by Linus Torvalds in 1991 with help from developers around the
| world. Linux source code is open to anyone, and people fiddle with it all the
| time. They then share their improvements with other computer programmers and,
| by and large, the most elegant improvements take hold.


"Open source"?

"Fathered by Linus Torvalds"?

"Linux computer operating system"?

"In 1991"?

What happened to it being a kernel? Or Free software? Or going back to the 80s
(Richard Stallman)?

It then continues thusly:

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| Such open-source models have already driven commerce. Take Internet search
| giant Yahoo, which runs atop a Linux operating system. The company
| continually has its programmers working to remove bugs from Linux and shares
| those fixes with the rest of the world. Because Yahoo’s refining of the
| computer code continues to improve the operating system, more people outside
| the company stay on the same Linux path. And because many of them improve the
| system as well, Yahoo gets use of those upgrades for free.

Yahoo uses BSD.


Isn't Linux just UNIX under a different name?

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| Yet, the bottom line is Linux is not UNIX. Make no mistake. Linux was not
| derived from the original program code and it is not subject to any UNIX
| licensing arrangement (some may say constraint.) In fact, Linux is not
| legally able to call itself UNIX (and incidentally, neither is BSD anymore.)
| No, despite the affection long-timers in the industry might have for UNIX
| there’s no denying Linux has taken on a life of its own and is driving modern
| development faster than any proprietary team. In a twist of fate, Linux poses
| a challenge to the mighty Microsoft whose server-based operating systems led
| pundits to question the viability of UNIX just two decades ago.
| Linux ain’t UNIX. And in fact Linux has left UNIX behind. The UNIX name has
| become bogged down with fragmented development and legal battles making it a
| shell of its former self. Linux is the new UNIX, it alone is the embodiment
| of the elegant design and hacker spirit that UNIX originally represented.

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