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R.M.S

GNU/Linux

I'd just like to interject for a moment. What you're refering to as Linux, is in fact, GNU/Linux, or as I've recently taken to calling it, GNU plus Linux. Linux is not an operating system unto itself, but rather another free component of a fully functioning GNU system made useful by the GNU corelibs, shell utilities and vital system components comprising a full OS as defined by POSIX. Many computer users run a modified version of the GNU system every day, without realizing it. Through a peculiar turn of events, the version of GNU which is widely used today is often called Linux, and many of its users are not aware that it is basically the GNU system, developed by the GNU Project. There really is a Linux, and these people are using it, but it is just a part of the system they use. Linux is the kernel: the program in the system that allocates the machine's resources to the other programs that you run. The kernel is an essential part of an operating system, but useless by itself; it can only function in the context of a complete operating system. Linux is normally used in combination with the GNU operating system: the whole system is basically GNU with Linux added, or GNU/Linux. All the so-called Linux distributions are really distributions of GNU/Linux!

Jonah Aragon

Tracker/ad blockers

I'd just like to interject for a moment. What you're referring to as an ad-blocker, is in fact, an ad/tracker-blocker, or as I've recently taken to calling it, tracking protection. Adblocking does not provide tracking protection unto itself, but is rather another component of a fully functioning anti-tracking system made useful by vital components such as script and cookie blocking comprising a full tracking protection experience. Many computer users run a these tracking protection systems every day, without realizing it. Through a peculiar turn of events, tracking protection suites which are widely used today are often called “adblockers”, and many of its users are not aware that it is blocking a plethora of online tracking scripts and data behind the scenes. There really is a adblocker, and these people are using it, but it is just a part of the complete tracking protection system they use. Adblocking is the heart of the suite: the program in the system blocks the ads you see and interact with on many websites you visit. The adblocker is an essential part of a complete tracking protection system, but cannot provide adequate privacy protection by itself; it can only function in the context of a complete tracking protection system. Adblocking is normally used in combination with other tracking protection features: the whole system is basically tracking protection with ad blocking added, or ad/tracker-blocking. All the so-called “ad”blocking programs are really tracking protection suites.

Geoffrey James

The Tao of Programming

If the Tao is great, then the operating system is great. If the operating system is great, then the compiler is great. If the compiler is great, then the application is great. The user is pleased, and there is harmony in the world.

shokara

GNU/Hurd

I'd just like to interject for a moment. What you're referring to as Hurd, is in fact, GNU/Hurd, or as I've recently taken to calling it, GNU plus Hurd. Hurd is not an operating system unto itself, but rather another free component of a fully functioning GNU operating system.

Linus Torvalds

Response to RMS interjection

No, Richard, it's 'Linux', not 'GNU/Linux'. The most important contributions that the FSF made to Linux were the creation of the GPL and the GCC compiler. Those are fine and inspired products. GCC is a monumental achievement and has earned you, RMS, and the Free Software Foundation countless kudos and much appreciation. Following are some reasons for you to mull over, including some already answered in your FAQ. One guy, Linus Torvalds, used GCC to make his operating system (yes, Linux is an OS -- more on this later). He named it 'Linux' with a little help from his friends. Why doesn't he call it GNU/Linux? Because he wrote it, with more help from his friends, not you. You named your stuff, I named my stuff -- including the software I wrote using GCC -- and Linus named his stuff. The proper name is Linux because Linus Torvalds says so. Linus has spoken. Accept his authority. To do otherwise is to become a nag. You don't want to be known as a nag, do you? (An operating system) != (a distribution). Linux is an operating system. By my definition, an operating system is that software which provides and limits access to hardware resources on a computer. That definition applies whereever you see Linux in use. However, Linux is usually distributed with a collection of utilities and applications to make it easily configurable as a desktop system, a server, a development box, or a graphics workstation, or whatever the user needs. In such a configuration, we have a Linux (based) distribution. Therein lies your strongest argument for the unwieldy title 'GNU/Linux' (when said bundled software is largely from the FSF). Go bug the distribution makers on that one. Take your beef to Red Hat, Mandrake, and Slackware. At least there you have an argument. Linux alone is an operating system that can be used in various applications without any GNU software whatsoever. Embedded applications come to mind as an obvious example. Next, even if we limit the GNU/Linux title to the GNU-based Linux distributions, we run into another obvious problem. XFree86 may well be more important to a particular Linux installation than the sum of all the GNU contributions. More properly, shouldn't the distribution be called XFree86/Linux? Or, at a minimum, XFree86/GNU/Linux? Of course, it would be rather arbitrary to draw the line there when many other fine contributions go unlisted. Yes, I know you've heard this one before. Get used to it. You'll keep hearing it until you can cleanly counter it. You seem to like the lines-of-code metric. There are many lines of GNU code in a typical Linux distribution. You seem to suggest that (more LOC) == (more important). However, I submit to you that raw LOC numbers do not directly correlate with importance. I would suggest that clock cycles spent on code is a better metric. For example, if my system spends 90% of its time executing XFree86 code, XFree86 is probably the single most important collection of code on my system. Even if I loaded ten times as many lines of useless bloatware on my system and I never excuted that bloatware, it certainly isn't more important code than XFree86. Obviously, this metric isn't perfect either, but LOC really, really sucks. Please refrain from using it ever again in supporting any argument. Last, I'd like to point out that we Linux and GNU users shouldn't be fighting among ourselves over naming other people's software. But what the heck, I'm in a bad mood now. I think I'm feeling sufficiently obnoxious to make the point that GCC is so very famous and, yes, so very useful only because Linux was developed. In a show of proper respect and gratitude, shouldn't you and everyone refer to GCC as 'the Linux compiler'? Or at least, 'Linux GCC'? Seriously, where would your masterpiece be without Linux? Languishing with the HURD? If there is a moral buried in this rant, maybe it is this: Be grateful for your abilities and your incredible success and your considerable fame. Continue to use that success and fame for good, not evil. Also, be especially grateful for Linux' huge contribution to that success. You, RMS, the Free Software Foundation, and GNU software have reached their current high profiles largely on the back of Linux. You have changed the world. Now, go forth and don't be a nag. Thanks for listening

qorg11

macOS

According to that, the path of Apple was bad because their fucking operating system sucks, Xcode (their compiler) sucks, their software sucks and there's no harmony among iToddlers

Carl Sagan

Science and Technology

We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.

Myself

Cloudflare

I'd just like to interject for a moment. What you're referring to as Cloudflare, is in fact, a man-in-the-middle as-a-service named Crimeflare , or as I've recently taken to calling it, Cuckflare . Cloudflare is harmful to entire internet , blocking users who want to protect their privacy by spamming them with captchas , and also crawler bots like YaCy's bots. It is , just like any centralized service , another single point of failure , as practically 20% of the entire Internet uses Cloudflare for any of the services they provide. Their HTTPS is never end-to-end and its backdoored , which means that Cloudflare decrypts your traffic on-the-fly and thus they can sniff your traffic in plaintext. I'd recommend avoiding it at any cost. And if possible , blocking it and distrusting their certificates from web browsers