[Ilugc] Linux CDs
- From: prabhu@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (Prabhu Ramachandran)
- Date: Wed, 2 Oct 2002 00:44:14 +0530
"RB" == Raghavendra Bhat <ragu@xxxxxxxx> writes:
RB> I had come to IIT-Chennai about 5 years back and nobody told
RB> me about the GNU Project, not even guys closely associated
Most probably because no one knew -- not out of malice or ill will.
Also, I'm not sure Stallman moved into "advertise GNU" mode at the
time. Atleast we never heard much noise about it. **To me** it seems
its only now that much noise is being made about calling it GNU/Linux.
RB> with this kernel user group, ILUG-Chennai. This should not
You clearly have no idea of what you are talking about. It also
appears that for some, any amount of explaining what ILUGC stands for
is meaningless. Anyway I'll give it another shot.
ILUGC is *not* a kernel user group. People have mentioned the Hurd
which has nothing to do with the Linux kernel. There have been demo's
on BSD. And so far there haven't been any serious talks on the Linux
kernel -- except maybe how to compile a Linux kernel. That certainly
does not allow you to call this a kernel user group. ILUGC is a name.
Like most names its not perfect and does not necessarily spell out
what we do. Its like the Free Software Foundation. The meaning of
free there is misleading. However this doesn't mean that we say the
FSF promotes the use of public domain or BSD software, do we? So in
truth FSF should be called GSF (for GPL Software Foundation) If this
is true for FSF, why is it wrong for ILUGC to be imperfect in its
Of course, the GNU project is a truly great effort and many folks
(obviously including the FSF) have contributed to make it something
great. We all appreciate that. Calling the various distros GNU/Linux
is ok with me -- I myself do it often but changing ILUGC's name is a
pain, and of not much use.
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