Free Your Phone

Declan Naughton piratepenguin at
Sat Jan 20 23:04:52 CET 2007

On 1/20/07, David Schlesinger <david.schlesinger at> wrote:
> On 1/20/07 1:18 PM, "Dave Crossland" <dave at> wrote:
> > On 20/01/07, Koen Kooi <koen at> wrote:
> >> Dave Crossland schreef:
> >>> Can the FIC marketting department call it 'the OpenMoko GNU/Linux
> >>> Distribution'?
> >>
> >> How much GNU software must be present to call it a GNU/linux distribution? Do
> >> I still need
> >> to call it gnu/linux if I use uclibc and busybox?
> >
> > Looking back at the annoucement, I see:
> >
> >>>> * gcc 4.1.1
> >>>> * binutils
> >>>> * glibc 2.4
> >>>> * glib 2.6.4
> >>>> * gtk 2.6.10
> >
> > So IMO this is clearly a GNU/Linux system.
> More than it's a "GTK/GNU/Linux" system...? Or an "X/GTK/GNU/Linux"
> system...? Or a "list your favorite twenty components/X/GTK/GNU/Linux"
> system...?

You obviously haven't read much of the GNU/Linux FAQ linked to above.
(GTK -> GIMP Toolkit -> *GNU* Image Manipulation Program, BTW.)

> I don't think that's a good idea, because you ought to give the
> system's principal developer a share of the credit, hmm? :-)

Hehheh :)
Well, I don't usually refer to GNU/Linux, but to the actual name of
the distribution - the name of the operating system, e.g. Ubuntu, or
to, when I can, whatever responsible package or project.

Just because Ubuntu is based on GNU/Linux, it doesn't mean it needs to
be called Ubuntu GNU/Linux, but when you do for some silly reason need
to stick in what it's based on... go for Ubuntu GNU/Linux.

Open Moko Operating System, based on GNU/Linux. We don't need to say
it in the name (and I don't think the FSF think so either. They
support utoto and gNewSense (but GNU's hidden in there I guess)).

Declan Naughton

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