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Old 02-17-2009, 02:15 AM   #1
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AWESOME Link for Newbies

After spending days looking for answers I've come across the best information yet for linux users. Check it out
This breaks it down barny style, for people like me.

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Old 02-17-2009, 05:07 AM   #2
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Sadly, much of the info and advise is out of date.

For instance, it claims that the latest edition of RHEL is 3 and fedora is 1 ... has not heard of xorg ... and so on. Some information is more up to date than this, but none seems current.

But it also makes a big deal out of things like "how to save a gif in gimp". (The version of GIMP used is also well out of date - the some menus won't even work like that any more.)

I'm not even going to go into the way they keep saying "linux" without the gnu.

I'd advise caution using information on this site.
Old 02-18-2009, 06:10 PM   #3
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I have found very useful and quite up-to-date.

As for Simon's comment on '"linux" without the gnu' - I never see any BSD flavors with a GNU ... GNU/MacOSX would look nice on Apple's site :-)


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Old 02-18-2009, 06:54 PM   #4
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From Richard Stallman on the subject of GNU/BSD
Originally Posted by RMS
People sometimes ask whether BSD too is a version of GNU, like GNU/Linux. The BSD developers were inspired to make their code free software by the example of the GNU Project, and explicit appeals from GNU activists helped persuade them, but the code had little overlap with GNU. BSD systems today use some GNU programs, just as the GNU system and its variants use some BSD programs; however, taken as wholes, they are two different systems that evolved separately. The BSD developers did not write a kernel and add it to the GNU system, and a name like GNU/BSD would not fit the situation
GNU/MacOSX does[ look nice - but Apple do not fit either, for the same reasons as BSD.
(Do they ship any GNU stuff at all?)

The principle reasons for including the GNU though involve supporting Software Freedom.
Originally Posted by RMS
When I explain why it's appropriate to call the operating system “GNU/Linux” rather than “Linux”, people sometimes respond this way:

Granted that the GNU Project deserves credit for this work, is it really worth a fuss when people don't give credit? Isn't the important thing that the job was done, not who did it? You ought to relax, take pride in the job well done, and not worry about the credit.
This would be wise advice, if only the situation were like that — if the job were done and it were time to relax. If only that were true! But challenges abound, and this is no time to take the future for granted. Our community's strength rests on commitment to freedom and cooperation. Using the name GNU/Linux is a way for people to remind themselves and inform others of these goals.
When I say "gnu-linux" some people respond "gunner-what-a-what?" They demand an explanation. So I get to tell them about the Software Freedom movement. I can preach with impunity because they asked me to

Interestingly, the questioners are self-selecting to those people most likely to be receptive to the arguments. So I'm not wasting my breath.

People who do not ask either know already or don't care. People who know have just been signaled as to my politics ... fellow activists have just met a colleague. You can meet a lot of interesting people that way.

Overall, the cost is very small and the rewards great.


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