GNU discussion (was re:Free your phone)

Renaissance Man renaissanceman at
Mon Jan 22 20:43:28 CET 2007

David, if you're not interested in the topic take note of the subject  
in your inbox and stop reading the thread. Don't troll the thread  
with inflammatory arguments and personal attacks.

You may have made up your mind but there are clearly other people who  
would like to continue the discussion, since they're asking  
questions. Crossland was doing just that, answering someone's question.

It's okay for you to disagree, but this doesn't give you the right to  
keep browbeating people into stopping the discussion.

Renaissance Man

On 22 Jan 2007, at 7:29 pm, David Schlesinger wrote:

>> I like to be accurate and know what I am talking about, and I like  
>> others to be too :-)
> It simply never ends, does it?
> Feel entirely free to call it "GNU/Linux", "Bob/Linux", "Jim/Linux"  
> or whatever you like, okay. But _please_ stop proselytizing.
> Have you ever noticed how folks with a zealot-like position assume,  
> that when you disagree with them, that it represents some failure  
> of adequate (or maybe adequately _repeated_) explanation on their  
> part...?
> I get it, okay? I disagree. Telling me that "GNU" is a "principal  
> developer" doesn't make it so and opinions clearly vary here.
> So, why don't you let those of use who choose to use a more  
> commonly accepted, no less accurate, and more generally understood  
> name simply do so?
> I can just see some poor fellow asking a sales-droid what the  
> actual difference is between "Linux" ("I've _heard_ of _that_!")  
> and "_GNU_/Linux".
> "So, it's something _different_ than Linux?"
> "Yes, it's more conducive to personal freedom and encourages  
> community better."
> "Does it make the phone _do_ anything different?"
> "Other than encouraging freedom, no."
> "Um, mm-kay... I realy just wanted a cell phone... Maybe I should  
> get a Microsoft one instead; I've _heard_ of that. I don't what  
> what this GNU stuff is, but I never heard of it, so I don't know  
> whether it really works or not... Are you sure you don't have one  
> that just runs _Linux_...?"
> "Sorry, nope. Ya _fascist._"

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