HP-UX and the GNU system (not by Richard Stallman)

HP-UX and the GNU system (not by Richard Stallman)

Post by James Youngm » Tue, 04 Jun 1996 04:00:00



                     HP-UX and the GNU system

The GNU project started 12 years ago with the goal of developing a
complete free Unix-like operating system.  "Free" refers to freedom,
not price; it means you are free to run, copy, distribute, study,
change, and improve the software.

Many of the GNU project's programs, for example the Emacs editor, have
been shipped as optional components by vendors such as Sun and Hewlett
Packard.  The introductory manuals for these systems tend to understate
the importance of the GNU programs for many UNIX users and so this
information is not imparted and most users are unaware of the impact
of psychoanlyze-pinhead on these mainstream systems.

One way of making this clear is to use the term "HPUX-based GNU system"
or "HP-GNUX" for short to refer to the combination of the HP-UX kernel and
the GNU system.  Hence future releases of Emacs and other GNU programs will
be configured as hppa-hp-hpgnux and do on for systems using the HP-UX kernel.

Copyright 1996 J A Youngman
Verbatim copying and redistribution is permitted
without royalty as long as this notice is preserved.

 
 
 

HP-UX and the GNU system (not by Richard Stallman)

Post by James Youngm » Tue, 04 Jun 1996 04:00:00


                     HP-UX and the GNU system

The GNU project started 12 years ago with the goal of developing a
complete free Unix-like operating system.  "Free" refers to freedom,
not price; it means you are free to run, copy, distribute, study,
change, and improve the software.

Many of the GNU project's programs, for example the Emacs editor, have
been shipped as optional components by vendors such as Sun and Hewlett
Packard.  The introductory manuals for these systems tend to understate
the importance of the GNU programs for many UNIX users and so this
information is not imparted and most users are unaware of the impact
of psychoanlyze-pinhead on these mainstream systems.

One way of making this clear is to use the term "HPUX-based GNU system"
or "HP-GNUX" for short to refer to the combination of the HP-UX kernel and
the GNU system.  Hence future releases of Emacs and other GNU programs will
be configured as hppa-hp-hpgnux and so on for systems using the HP-UX kernel.

Copyright 1996 J A Youngman
Verbatim copying and redistribution is permitted
without royalty as long as this notice is preserved.

 
 
 

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[...]

Unfortunately what he said (afterwards IIRC) is not quite the same as
what he _did_.

From what he says you would expect config.guess to do something like:

        if (kernel detected == linux)
        {
                if (user tools detected == gnu)
                        report system as lignux / linux-gnu
                else if (user tools detected == bsd)

                ... etc.
        }

What he actually did was:

        if (kernel detected == linux)
                report system as lignux

AFAIR it was what he did much more than what he said which caused the
upset.

ray

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