The GNU/Linux – “Just Linux” Controversy

By Deane Barker on July 2, 2004

GNU/Linux naming controversy: A good look at a topic that I knew was out there, but only marginally understood.

GNU/Linux is the term promoted by the Free Software Foundation (FSF), its founder Richard Stallman, and its supporters, for what is commonly called “Linux” […]

For historical and other reasons, most people simply use the term “Linux” for the whole system […]

The main argument for “GNU/Linux” is that Linus Torvalds’ kernel was only the final small part of an otherwise complete system,[…] Moreover, calling the entire system “Linux” effaces the philosophy of the GNU free software movement, which, they argue, made the system possible.