Re: EADON the OS n00b
".....And you seem firmly wedded to idealism about one set of technologies..... "
Seems to me, your insistence on including the GNU in Linux might be ideally important to you.
Most of us, while realizing GNU's contributions and accomplishments are great, have simply dropped the "GNU" from GNU/Linux. It's clumsy to type, even clumsier to say and it confuses a lot of folks. When it was still fashionable to put the GNU in front of Linux, I can't tell you how many people asked me, "What's the difference between GNU/Linux and Linux"? After the first 50 times or so, my answer was whittled down to a one word response:
Aside from philosophical arguments, meant for the round table instead of the industry, that battle is over. People, fully aware of Linux only being a kernel still refer to it as just plain Linux. I am related by marriage, albeit several generations removed, from Louis-Joseph Chevrolet. Sure I respect him and sure I am proud of the legacy he left us, but I'm not going to force myself to refer to one of his cars as a "Chevrolet" every time it comes up in conversation.
It's a Chevy. Everyone knows that. Let's move on. Is a Chevy a car? Sure it is, at least to everyone who knows what a Chevy is. And so, the evolution of the term GNU/Linux has led us to refer to it as just plain Linux. By the time you start mentally pounding on someone's head, trying to drive in the meaning of GNU, they are going to just walk away, shaking what head they have left. It's confusing, it's awkward and it smacks more of philosophical idealism more than it demonstrates a pragmatic choice.
Keep it simple, keep it short and acknowledge GNU when necessary. But it is not necessary every time the Linux brand or OS presents itself.