Richard M Stallman the father of free software movement yesterday stated that “Its Linux and not GNU/Linux..." He was speaking at the Brussels Free Software & Linux forum.
The statement came when a journalist asked, "So, Richard, is it still the GNU/Linux vs Linux debate or you guys have reached any solution?"
One of the free software advocates, present among the audience, stated, "It must be noted that Linux is the kernel where as GNU is the user-land or the layer on top of Linux which you and I use. In addition to that GNU has played a major role in bringing useful applications to Linux, in other words GNU has put some sense into Linux. Linux itself is nothing without GNU."
In a separate incident Linus Torvalds the father of Linux expressed his anger at Google. Linus accused Google of undermining the role of Linux in Android. Due to Google's marketting of Android, apart from the tech-sisterhood, no one knows that Android is Linux. To give Linux its credit Linus is asking Google to call it Linux/Android or Android+Linux.
"I don't care if you put cart in front of horse or horse in front of cart. If you want to go somewhere you have to keep them together."
Google has refused to comment on the report.
When RMS was asked to further explain his point, he said. "I have maintained from the very beginning that when you refer to whole system you must call it GNU+Linux or GNU/Linux but when you are referring only to the kernel its Linux and not GNU/Linux."