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This page should cover quotes about Linux[edit]

I cannot see why the "Linux" WQ article redirects to Linus Torvalds' article. It is true that Torvalds is the creator of Linux, but that would be the same as redirecting the "US Declaration of Independence" article to "Thomas Jefferson". The fact is that "Linux" is a subject page, and should be distinct from the "Linus Torvalds" page, which covers topics other than Linux (SCO, Gnu, etc.)

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I'd just like to interject for a moment. What you’re referring to as Linux, is in fact, GNU/Linux, or as I’ve recently taken to calling it, GNU plus Linux. Linux is not an operating system unto itself, but rather another free component of a fully functioning GNU system made useful by the GNU corelibs, shell utilities and vital system components comprising a full OS as defined by POSIX. Many computer users run a modified version of the GNU system every day, without realizing it. Through a peculiar turn of events, the version of GNU which is widely used today is often called “Linux”, and many of its users are not aware that it is basically the GNU system, developed by the GNU Project. There really is a Linux, and these people are using it, but it is just a part of the system they use. Linux is the kernel: the program in the system that allocates the machine’s resources to the other programs that you run. The kernel is an essential part of an operating system, but useless by itself; it can only function in the context of a complete operating system. Linux is normally used in combination with the GNU operating system: the whole system is basically GNU with Linux added, or GNU/Linux. All the so-called “Linux” distributions are really distributions of GNU/Linux.

I'd just like to interject for a moment.[edit]

What you’re referring to as Linux, is in fact, GNU/Linux, or as I’ve recently taken to calling it, GNU plus Linux. Linux is not an operating system unto itself, but rather another free component of a fully functioning GNU system made useful by the GNU corelibs, shell utilities and vital system components comprising a full OS as defined by POSIX. Many computer users run a modified version of the GNU system every day, without realizing it. Through a peculiar turn of events, the version of GNU which is widely used today is often called “Linux”, and many of its users are not aware that it is basically the GNU system, developed by the GNU Project. There really is a Linux, and these people are using it, but it is just a part of the system they use. Linux is the kernel: the program in the system that allocates the machine’s resources to the other programs that you run. The kernel is an essential part of an operating system, but useless by itself; it can only function in the context of a complete operating system. Linux is normally used in combination with the GNU operating system: the whole system is basically GNU with Linux added, or GNU/Linux. All the so-called “Linux” distributions are really distributions of GNU/Linux.

Introduction disambiguation[edit]

I want to explain this:

What is Linux
About this we have to disambiguate that "Linux" is not an operating system: Linux it's a registered trademark of Linus Benedict Torvalds to identificate his project, and his project is a kernel. An operating system it's a complete collection of programs. Linux it's a wonderful and stable kernel for operating systems, it's an heavy project with an heavy collection of firmwares, modules and other stuff, but it's not an operating system itself.
History of Linux
Linux it's not a clone of UNIX: Linux was developed to create something as w:Minix, but also it's not as Minix, because Minix is an operating system. For the same reasons Linux is not "as" UNIX, or unix-like, because UNIX is a complete operating system. It's correct to say that Linux is a replacement of the UNIX kernel or of the Minix kernel. To speak about something that is born as a "clone" of Unix, see w:GNU, that, plus a kernel like Linux, it's an example of a complete operating system, like Debian GNU/Linux or Debian /GNU kFreeBSD etc.. --Valerio Bozzolan (talk) 10:10, 15 June 2016 (UTC)