[linux-audio-user] Linux and Standards

Jan Depner eviltwin69 at cableone.net
Mon Nov 1 17:50:05 EST 2004

On Mon, 2004-11-01 at 15:15, lau at lupulin.net wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 01, 2004 at 02:04:36PM -0600, Jan Depner wrote:
> > No disrespect intended to Richard Stallman and the GNU crowd.  The OS
> > wouldn't exist without those tools but the tools are not part of the
> > OS.  They are merely applications that are bundled in with the
> > distribution.
> > 
> > Given the more widely accepted definition of an operating system I think
> > it is perfectly acceptable to speak of Linux as a standard.
> This is a gray area, but I think that you cannot just say that the gnu 
> tools are _not_ a part of the operating system.
> Would you say that the startup scripts are _not_ a part of the OS ?
> All the startup scripts that I've seen rely are parts of gnu coreutils.
> I think that qualifies as being _part_ of the OS.

	Nope.  A startup script is just a startup script.  Grub is not part of
the operating system either.  The OS is, by definition, the kernel.  An
interesting thing to consider is RTLinux.  Linux is *not* the OS in
RTLinux.  The RT microkernel is the OS.  Linux is merely the idle
process.  I guess you could say it's part of the OS since it is in the
inner loop so to speak.  And, speaking of which, has anyone taken a look
at Monta Vista's Open Source Real-Time Linux Project in relation to
audio?  It's using a lot of Ingo's patches.


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