[AUUG-Talk]: Re: AUUG: Time to pull the plug?
david.newall at auug.org.au
Sun Sep 17 19:54:51 EST 2006
Greg Black wrote:
> On 2006-09-17, David Newall wrote:
>> David Purdue wrote:
>>> To say "we have become the Linux community" leaves me (and many
>>> AUUG members) disenfranchised.
>> No it doesn't. The Linux community doesn't, at least in my experience,
>> reject UNIX, any more than the UNIX community rejects Linux. Don't be
>> precious about a name.
> To describe somebody with a legitimate concern, expressed in a
> completely fair manner, as "precious" seems to me to be lacking
> in the level of courtesy we should hope for. Surely we can do
> without name calling and just confine ourselves to finding the
> best way forwards?
I've not called anybody names. To the best of my ability to understand,
the difficulty that people have with Linux goes no further than the
difficulties that people used to have with SysV; or BSD; or OSF; or
whatever camp you weren't a part of. UNIX has a time-honoured tradition
of this sort of pointless, trivial, wasteful, self-damaging division,
and it's clear that Linux has slipped in smoothly. Linux *is*, in all
important respects, unix; the philosophy while not the law. People are
happy to call all of those different operating systems, BSD, SysIII,
SysV, OSF1&2, AIX, all of them are UNIX, but Linux isn't. You may
disagree with me, in fact apparently you do, but don't accuse me of name
calling when I accuse preciousness over a name.
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