Re: Linux isn't an operating system

David S. Miller (
Wed, 6 Mar 1996 22:18:45 -0500

From: Alan Cox <>
Date: Wed, 6 Mar 1996 11:35:31 +0000 (GMT)

> There are a number of whole operating systems using the Linux kernel,
> Most of them are more or less close variants of the GNU system, so I
> recommend the term "Linux-based GNU system" for them.

May I recommend the more accurate by line count

"Linux Based MIT X Windows/Gnu/BSD/MIT system."

I think we are all missing Richard's point. The GNU system when
finalized will use the MIT X Window system for a graphical interface.
The GNU system will use some BSD programs if GNU equivalents are not
available yet and it is convenient to use the BSD ones.

This is why Linux is a GNU system because sans operating system kernel
Linux is close to if not exactly like what the final GNU system will
be like.

I for one find it a gross error not to acknowledge this fact when
discussing the Linux system on a whole.

David S. Miller