[geeks] Google announces Google Chrome OS
dave at cca.org
Thu Jul 9 13:43:26 CDT 2009
me at dansikorski.com writes:
>That's because Linux is just a kernel. There are many OS's built on
>it. Android is one, and there are many others. You don't say that
>your PC runs NT 6.0.6001, or that your mac runs Darwin.
Historically, at least some people defined "operating system" as just
Tanenbaum's "Modern Operating Systems", for example, explicitly
says: "The operating system is the code that carries out the system
calls. Editors, compilers, assemblers, linkers, and command
interpreteres are definitely not part of the operating system..."
I haven't been able to figure out how widespread that definition
was, or exactly when the Linux/gnu type usage became common.
(I suspect it was a result of non-technical people using GUIs
on PCs - a vague handwave towards the screen and "the operating
system makes it all work" leads to a very loose understanding
of the term...)
Calling different Linux distros "different operating systems"
annoys me to no end though.
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