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Should we call Fedora, Linux or Gnu/Linux, Gnu+Linux operating system? Or simply Fedora?

asked 2015-08-28 07:11:25 -0500

Ervin-Reloaded gravatar image

updated 2015-08-29 21:21:40 -0500

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I am not in favor of calling Fedora simply Linux. Because Fedora is not a variation of Linux, because Linux is simply the kernel used by many free and open source operating systems. Android for example has the Linux kernel but the Android operating system is not Linux. In regard to calling Fedora a Gnu/Linux distribution I have my objections as well because not all packages in Fedora are Gnu packages. So let's just call it Fedora, in my opinion.

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answered 2015-08-29 16:55:11 -0500

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I think the "GNU/Linux" designation is becoming even more useful since Android (and now several other mobile operating systems!) use the Linux kernel, but not the GNU utilities. Fedora and Android are both "Linux-based" operating systems, but Fedora is GNU/Linux. However, to be practical, saying "GNU/Linux" instead of just "Linux" or "Linux-based OS" is only going to confuse any muggles you're talking to.

As for the name of the different GNU/Linux distributions, though, I just stick with the brand that that distro has chosen -- i.e., Ubuntu, Fedora, and so on. "Fedora Linux" is redundant, just like it would be redundant to talk about the "Mac OS X XNU/Unix/Aqua/whatever else operating system."

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answered 2015-08-28 11:58:39 -0500

updated 2015-08-28 12:00:08 -0500

I'm always for promoting the understanding that Linux is a kernel, and that it must be coupled with userspace software to provide an operating system. GNU is an invaluable, essential force in free and open source software for the production and maintenance of those userspace tools required for the effective use of one's information technology hardware.

I think GNU gets left out far too much despite its importance (at least equal with the Linux kernel, if you ask me) and so I like to refer to Fedora, along with all other Linux-based distributions which make prominent use of GNU software, as GNU/Linux. GNU deserves our respect and admiration for its fundamental role in developing the communities within which these wonderful distributions now exist.

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Good point.

Ervin-Reloaded gravatar imageErvin-Reloaded ( 2015-08-28 14:29:50 -0500 )edit
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answered 2015-08-28 10:24:02 -0500

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Well we call it Fedora how ever people may identify Fedora with a hat not an OS, therefore it is better to refer to it as Fedora Linux or Fedora GNU/Linux but there we will enter into a debate to me it is Fedora Linux that way people had better idea of what is all about.

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answered 2017-02-16 02:00:45 -0500

very nice and Informative, preparing for linux Certification, wanted to learn linux operating system,recently joined in http://www.kerneltraining.com/linux-a... , can anyone suggest me some books and videos.

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You'll get more answers if you start your own question :)

terrycloth gravatar imageterrycloth ( 2017-02-20 03:30:18 -0500 )edit
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answered 2019-01-28 13:15:54 -0500

It is better to call it Fedora GNU/Linux.

Why not name it just Fedora? Fedora project has not developed all parts of this system. Most of them are developed by GNU project, and the OS kernel is developed by Linus Torvalds and later by Linux kernel developers.

Why not name it Fedora Linux? For those who know what is Linux (which is a kernel), Fedora Linux may imply that this system is a variant of a kernel. Those who don't, most probably don't know about GNU as well. Using "Fedora Linux" may increase their ignorance.

On the other hand, using Fedora GNU/Linux will credit the main components of this system fairly and righteously.

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