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Hi :)  
Yes, the main points were good.  I was just pointing out a few minor, trivial, mostly irrelevant 
details that were a little askew.  

I like this quote from Linus' posting 1991-08-26 to the usenet group
"Hello everybody out there using minix -
I'm doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won't be big and professional like gnu)"

Btw the term Gnu/Linux seems to be trying to say "Gnu on top of a Linux kernel" (which makes sense 
and is pretty accurate) but most people will read that as "Gnu divided by Linux" (which is absurd 
and meaningless).  I prefer Gnu&Linux because it is both added together that makes the whole 
system.  Each to their own though! [shrugs] 

However all that is an aside from the original tangent which was that i really like the way this 
list is able to give people help on interesting features of all the major platforms.  Also that 
it's good to have packages that work on all systems so people can keep using what they are familiar 
Regards from 
Tom :)  

From: Kracked_P_P---webmaster <>
Sent: Saturday, 1 June 2013, 20:04
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] Re: no answers to my question

Thanks for the links Girvin.

The whole point is not the specifics of the genealogy of the OSs that 
can be supported, but it does support them and can be "easily" ported to 
some others, as long as there are not any hardware issues like tablets.  
MSO would never support such a diverse market, like LO does and could be 
ported to.


I have a cross-platform package that has specific downloads for:
Linux - deb and rpg
and maybe AIX, if I remember correctly
plus a Java based version.

The key is not needing to learn a different package for each of the 
different hardware and OS combinations.  That is a big thing for people 
who use more than one OS.  I use Ubuntu/Linux for my main system, with 
dual booting laptops that have Ubuntu and Windows on them.

I choose OpenOffice, originally for the Windows and Linux cross platform 
options, and then switched to LO when it first came out. I really did 
not want to have two different packages for each productivity option 
[for the most part].  LO, GIMP, Inkscape, VLC, and some others, are 
installed on all my Ubuntu and Windows single or dual booting systems.  
That way I do not have to worry which OS I am using at that time on the 
document or graphics that I am working on for someone.  No need to 
switch systems or change to another boot on the laptops.  I just have to 
make that the data is on a disk partition [for laptops] that can be 
accessed by both Windows and Ubuntu, or on a USB drive [flash or big 
external] or on my network [if in range of my laptop when I am not in my 
place but 10 floors down in the common areas of the building].

On 06/01/2013 02:27 PM, Girvin R. Herr wrote:

Tom Davies wrote:
Hi :)
Not all our devs are volunteers.  Some are paid by various companies, 
notably SUSE but also Redhat and others to work on LibreOffice.  Such 
companies might normally attempt to create their own "in house" 
product but instead choose to collaborate on creating something shared.
Macs are based on Bsd, which in turn is unix-based. Gnu&Linux are 
also unix-based.  So Bsd and Gnu&Linux share the same parent but do 
have differences. 
Just to keep the record straight, on Linux day #1, Linus Torvalds 
based his Linux on Minix , which 
in turn was based on Unix.  I do believe the Minix disk filesystem is 
still included with today's Linux.  Yes, I just checked and it is (man 
mkfs.minix).  Then GNU had a bunch of *nix utilities, such as ls, tar, 
gcc, etc. which Linus merged into Linux.  Linux grew from that 
grafting ever since.  That is why Linux is referred to as GNU/Linux.  
To be accurate, the term Linux only refers to the kernel operating 
system, not the GNU tools. GNU/Linux is not Unix, but it is very close 
and the philosophy is very similar.  BSD and GNU/Linux are two 
branches of the same Unix tree.  Although a bit dated (the Linux 
kernel is now up to 3.x), here is a nice chart I just found:

Clearing the air...
Girvin Herr

Apparently a lot of Raspberry Pis are used to play around with 
hardware experimentation such as control's for various types of 
robots.  One chap put quite a few together to create a super-server.  
So significant numbers are not being used as desktop machines at all.
Regards from Tom :)


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