[Consortium] re: Linuxaudio.org updates

Daniel James daniel at 64studio.com
Mon Mar 20 08:57:13 EST 2006

Hi Robin,

> Linux is just a kernel.

I feel I have to point out that saying 'Linux is *just* a kernel'
seriously downplays the engineering effort involved in building
operating system kernels; particularly in this context, kernels with
low-latency capabilities which approach real-time performance, yet 
support a wide range of hardware platforms.

I'm all for the GNU Project getting the full credit for its massive and
early contribution to free software, but if writing kernels was so easy
then the Hurd would have been finished a long time ago.

> Calling the whole system just Linux is arguably a misuse of the 
> trademark.

Arguably so, and please rest assured that I have had the 'the talk' from
RMS more than once, but in the case of linuxaudio.org the organisation 
is specifically about the Linux kernel and related free software. We 
don't cover audio on BSD, Darwin or any other free software platform. We 
do recognise the The Linux Mark Institute and the work it has done to 
defend the Linux trademark.



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