So, by benefitting do you include many-eyes? Do you include GNU and other OSS software under “Linux?” Can you code?

Linux, the kernel, is hard to take advantage of. It’s very large, very complex, very monolithic, and has a very unforgiving and overloaded community of core developers.

GNU is a bit easier. The source codes are smaller, more focused, and easier to learn from or contribute to.

OSS tools in general are the easiest, because the programming languages vary widely, and you aren’t forced to program in C. OSS maintainers may be more friendly and welcoming to contributors. And even if you’re not a programmer, you can always contribute documentation fixes, translations, logos, whatever is in your capability.

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Linux is a family of open source Unix-like operating systems based on the Linux kernel, an operating system kernel first released on September 17, 1991 by Linus Torvalds. Linux is typically packaged in a Linux distribution (or distro for short).

Distributions include the Linux kernel and supporting system software and libraries, many of which are provided by the GNU Project. Many Linux distributions use the word “Linux” in their name, but the Free Software Foundation uses the name GNU/Linux to emphasize the importance of GNU software, causing some controversy.


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