Terminology: GNU/Linux

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Last edit: 08:41, 23 June 2008

Terms to standardise and "votes" + discussion:

  • Linux vs GNU/Linux
    • GNU/Linux
      • Kim 14:47, 21 June 2008 (UTC)
        • Correctness and respect for the GNU developer community.
          • Strictly speaking, "Linux" refers to the kernel of the operating system.
      • Wayne (see discussion below)
    • Linux
      • Seth (see discussion below)
Ktucker (talk)02:47, 22 June 2008

I don't have extremely strong positions on this, but I would have to side with simply Linux. I understand why some would like to add (or maintain, depending on your perspective) GNU/Linux. The difficulty is the prominence of stand-alone "Linux." I realize this question may be seen as one of etiquette, but I also want to think of the readers. We don't want to confuse them unduly, which is why I recommend "Linux." I would favor a note somewhere (probably in the first instance) that indicates that the term is under dispute and that some would consider "GNU/Linux" more accurate, with links to relevant Stallman/FSF information.

I do agree that we need to be consistent with the term, regardless of which one is chosen.

Sgurell (talk)05:22, 22 June 2008


I would prefer using the concept "GNU/Linux" as this is technically correct.

How about a brief description in the glossary as well?

Cheers W

Mackiwg (talk)05:33, 22 June 2008

I think we can go with "GNU/Linux," but I do think we should have footnote indicating that it is sometimes simply abbreviated to "Linux" and make a similar note in the glossary.

Sgurell (talk)05:56, 22 June 2008

Sure -

I think that's a good way of dealing with this. Your OER handbook -- or should I say "our" OER handbook will carry the sanction of the freedom culture -- especially when the text provides an objective and NPOV.

Having the free culture network on your side will scale this project beyond your imagination!


Mackiwg (talk)07:49, 22 June 2008
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Last edit: 15:54, 23 June 2008

I should note to both you and Kim that I've made the change to "GNU/Linux" where I've found just "Linux" and changed the glossary to match.

If anyone find mention of just Linux (beyond the footnote and glossary mention). Please change.

Sgurell (talk)15:49, 23 June 2008

Hey Seth --

You rock!!!! You'll be rewarded --- of that I'm sure :-)


Mackiwg (talk)15:53, 23 June 2008