Subject: Re: Debian redefines itself
To: Zbigniew Baniewski <>
From: John Nemeth <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 04/18/2007 15:48:15
On Sep 8,  5:19pm, Zbigniew Baniewski wrote:
} On Wed, Apr 18, 2007 at 03:04:50PM -0500, Przemysław Pawełczyk wrote:
} > > It's
} > > being built from the inside out as a high quality operating system,
} > > not from the outside in to have a fancy GUI that works for new users.
} > 
} > Debian is also "high quality operating system"
} Linux is OS - Debian is a distribution of Linux.

     Actually Linux is only a kernel.  A kernel is the "engine" of an
OS.  Although a very important part, it doesn't constitute an OS by
itself.  There are a number of other things needed to have a complete
OS.  A kernel by itself is as useless a car engine sitting in the
middle of your garage floor would be.  Debian is an OS that uses the
Linux kernel.  On an abstract level, you could say that linux is a
family of OSes that uses the Linux kernel.  However, in neither case
can Linux itself be an OS.

} > and provide both GUI and CUI for all sorts of users.

     The usual ancronym would be CLI -- Command Line Interface.

}-- End of excerpt from Zbigniew Baniewski