while #GNU and the #FSF certainly has given us many useful things the overall strategy has kind of failed. just look at https://savannah.gnu.org for example. it all just doesn't gain enough traction to really make a difference. nobody uses the GNU OS. is there even any piece of recent GNU software that is filling more than just a niche?
@marsxyz @steckerhalter I still keep a mirror of one of my projects, there. The main problem back then was that it was so hard to create new projects without sending mails and waiting for a while. The web design is old school and services are bare bones but at least you can be confident that they will still be around in a few years.
@steckerhalter FSF defines the operating system differently than most other people. They define it as the entire software stack running on your computer. All the way from the kernel to the text editor.
In that sense very few people run the GNU OS since that would imply running every singe part of their software offering, and nothing else.
Or, you can use rms definition where if you run any of the components you run their os and then everybody is doing that.
GNU libc, GNU find utils, GNU coreutils, GNU Bash, GNU screen, GNU Emacs. GNU Parallel. I could go on, but yes, it is still very useful.
It is also reliable and stable. GNU project has been around since '83. A *lot* of tech groups cannot make the same claim.
And as for Savannah, I would complain more if GNU *didn't* provide infrastructure for its devs. I work at a company that farms out infrastructure and it's annoying. GNU is providing the tools people need.
@telent "GNOME was originally an acronym for GNU Network Object Model Environment, but the acronym was dropped because it no longer reflected the vision of the GNOME project"