Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on May 22, 2004 03:47 AM
excerpt: JDS is based on GNU/Linux
Usually, I am a strong partisan of using the expression 'GNU/Linux' instead of just 'Linux'. But in this case, I think that an exception might be in order.
Does JDS have *anything* in common with GNU at all? Of course not! This is the triumph of 'corporate linux', the only kind which Sun understands. It has nothing free about it, neither in the 'beer' not in the 'speech' sense. To be GNU-based, a application needs to promote GNU values (http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/).
As the Led Zeppling song Stairway to Heaven reminds of not all that glitters is gold...
JDS is 'open source' based yes, and most certainly 'non-GNU/Linux' based. In fact, JDS is *typical* of what you get when you drop GNU from GNU/Linux.
I will conclude with another verse from Stairway to Heaven:
Yes there are two paths you can go by but in the long run There's still time to change the road you're on