Re: GPLv3 Position Statement

From: linux-os \(Dick Johnson\)
Date: Thu Sep 28 2006 - 15:35:39 EST

On Thu, 28 Sep 2006, Segher Boessenkool wrote:

>> However, now some are beginning to see the light as history
>> continues to be rewritten and a history lesson is unfolding.
>> These efforts go back to the days when
>> "distributions" consisted of 56 floppy disks and Linus was
>> in Helsinki, working on his degree. The FSF didn't exist, and
>> GNU was the name of an immature compiler.
> The FSF was founded in 1985, now who is rewriting history
> here :-) "GNU" never was the name for the compiler, either.

No. GNU was coined in 1984-85 (depending upon the source).
It was a recursive 'GNU Not Unix', and referred to some free
tools, including Eimacs. One of the most important tools
was a compiler which could be readily ported to new operating
systems. The GNU compiler was used in an attempt to make
Hurd, an early Unix clone. It was also used by BSD and Linux.

>> Sometimes we need
>> to be reminded of the history of a particular thing because,
>> once out-of-mind, history tends to be rewritten by those who
>> would advance in its new "interpretation."
> I don't really want to know what you try to gain by this
> "properly composed statement", heh.
> Segher

FYI, the place to research your information is not on or
Wikipedia, both of which are too self-serving (in this area) to be used
as a reference. You need to dig deeper or ask someone who was there.

Dick Johnson
Penguin : Linux version on an i686 machine (5592.66 BogoMips).
New book:

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