[Ilugc] Re linux in college environment
- From: mallet@xxxxxxx (Suresh Ramasubramanian)
- Date: Thu, 14 Nov 2002 17:23:27 +0530
"Suraj Kumar" <suraj@xxxxxxxxxxx> writes:
UNIX is not the same as GNU/Linux. UNIX is a proprietary Operating
System. GNU/Linux is a free operating system. So are the *BSD OSes.
OTOH, Solaris is not free. IT does not let you do whatever you want to
do with it. and there is no source code, so you can't study it. You
donot have an easy way of finding out how something works. and you can't
modify it too.
Look, I see your point but there's absolutely NIL point gained trying to
drum GNU/FSF ideology into a bunch of ignoramuses such as your average
college CS teacher.
Trying to split hairs distinguishing between linux and solaris, or linux and
gnu/linux will only confuse them and won't do anything to further the basic
aim of this effort - to introduce linux into schools.
Concentrate on the free beer angle and expect far greater results initially.
Stuff like "free as in speech" can be thrown in later, to a slightly more
enlightened audience. [No guarantee of convincing that audience either -
lots of people don't really see the point in yelling "GNU! GNU!" when they
talk about linux <g>]
Most CS departments around in Hyderabad, where I did my college education,
at least have SCO / XENIX around ... either that or an antique solaris.
Making them replace that with a brand new linux will be far easier than you
Just my two cents.
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