Subject: Re: GNU License for Hardware
From: Derek Balling <>
Date: Fri, 15 Oct 1999 06:31:56 -0700

>The name of this operating system is GNU.  That has been its name ever
>since we started developing it, in 1984.  I am not trying to change
>it, just to tell people what it really is.

No, Richard, that is where you are mistaken. The name of this operating 
system is Linux. It is named after its kernel. That Linux makes use of a 
large quantity of existing code from the GNU project is happenstance.

I fail to understand your logic, and you have yet to respond to the 
hypocrisy allegations I have made against you. Do you or do you not believe 
in personal freedom when it comes to GNU software? If you truly believe in 
that freedom, then you must accept that people can and will take the GNU 
code and incorporate it into their own projects. In doing so, there is no 
requirement that they name the project after the GNU project (if you 
believe they must, please point me to the relevant passage in the GPL).

If you insist that people who incorporated the GNU code into their project 
name their work after the GNU product, then we have a very monumental task 
ahead of us, that being divesting ourselves of the GNU project for one that 
truly believes in freedom, since that requirement is completely foreign to 
any type of freedom that I am aware of.