Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Difference between GNU/Linux and Linux

When Linus Torvalds wrote the Linux kernel, he didn't have the whole system in place, so he ported a few GNU utilities like bash, gcc and released it along with Linux.
So, Linux is not the operating system itself, it is just the kernel(the Core of any Operating System). In case of GNU/Linux, the (most of) user programs are contributions from the Free Software Foundation or programs published under the GPL license.So, when you mean "Linux", it refers to the operating system kernel. If we want to refer the operating system, we should use "GNU/Linux" giving the credit to the Free Software Foundation for its contributed work towards the success of GNU/Linux.


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