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Considering I can create a userland that is indeed useful with Busybox alone, I call it Linux. GNU tools are really great, but because there are times when you don't need or want most of them, I call it Linux.
Unless you are dealing with persons who know what GNU means, referring to "GNU/Linux" just opens a can of worms that can derail the conversation.
This is very true. When talking to people off the computer, if the topic comes up about operating systems; i will usually just say Linux to avoid confusion. On the forums, and with people whom are a bit more knowledgeable on computers, i say Gnu/Linux.
Really depends on the content of the discussion. If the discussion is about the kernel or related to the kernel then I use 'Linux'. When referencing a distribution in general then I will use Gnu/Linux. Very subjective(5) and depends on the current discussion. Most just use Linux as a representation overall when speaking of the OS.
The poll terms are limiting without definitive terms or annotation(2)..
"*nix" for me when I'm writing memos at work. That covers all the different things I use there. Unix, HPUX, Linux, etc. When I'm referring to my home computer, it's just "Linux". What point is there in using the longer name? The same goes for many things. I tell people I have a "dog", not a "Canis Lupus Familiarus".