> However, if the GnuPG FAQ is talking about an operating system built > from the Linux kernel and the GNU userland (coreutils, libc, etc), then > "GNU/Linux" is not only the respectful term to use, it's the more > accurate and precise term.
I disagree. It's a more political term. With respect to specific distros, we ought use the name the distro prefers. The Fedora Project releases Fedora, not Fedora GNU/Linux. The Debian guys release Debian GNU/Linux, not Debian Linux. The people who set up these distros have given their distros names, and it seems appropriate to use the names properly. It is as inappropriate to refer to Debian Linux as it is to refer to Fedora GNU/Linux: in both cases that's rejecting the community's right to name their distro what they wish. When speaking generically about operating systems using the Linux kernel, there it seems GNU is also inappropriate. GNU is not an inseparable part of Linux; we should not promulgate the myth they are. In the FAQ, wherever "Linux" is used as a generic descriptor it is in a context where the presence of GNU utilities is irrelevant. Example: "there is no single, consistent way to install GnuPG on Linux systems." The truth/validity of that statement is in no way dependent on whether one's talking about a system that uses the GNU userland or the BSD userland. In those cases where "Linux" is used to open a segment detailing how GnuPG works on different distros, I use the distro's preferred full name or shortened name: Debian GNU/Linux Ubuntu OpenSUSE Fedora CentOS RHEL Slackware Gentoo > Note that GnuPG also builds against (and runs on) other operating > systems that use GNU but do *not* use Linux, such as Debian's > GNU/kFreeBSD and GNU/Hurd ports. Yes, but they aren't mentioned in the FAQ.
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