This is a read-only archive. Find the latest Linux articles, documentation, and answers at the new Linux.com!

Linux.com

not this time!

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

#

Return to First look: Sun Java Desktop System Release 2