Please refer to GNU/Linux rather than Linux in docs

Bug #528253 reported by Glenn Morris on 2010-02-26
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Martin Pool

Bug Description


As was mentioned a couple of months ago on the emacs-devel mailing list

there are several places in the Bazaar docs that refer to the "Linux" operating system.
One of the criteria for a GNU package is to use the term "GNU/Linux", see

The relevant places are easy to find with `grep -r Linux'. Some examples:

INSTALL: "Some Linux distributions..."
doc/en/user-guide/installing_bazaar.txt: "most popular Linux distributions"



Also we should not say "open source" where we mean "free software".

Martin Pool (mbp) on 2010-02-26
Changed in bzr:
importance: Undecided → High
status: New → Confirmed
Martin Pool (mbp) on 2010-06-02
tags: added: doc easy gnu
description: updated
Changed in bzr:
assignee: nobody → Martin Pool (mbp)
Martin Pool (mbp) on 2010-06-02
Changed in bzr:
status: Confirmed → In Progress
Martin Pool (mbp) wrote :

A fix for this is in process.

I'm adding a reminder in the code standard that people should comply with the GNU policy.

As Glenn did in the originally linked message, I'm grepping the source and docs for the string "linux".

My general approach is:

 * if you mean Unix generally, including BSD and Mac OS X, say that
 * if we mean eg Ubuntu or Debian in particular, say that
 * if you mean all GNU/Linux systems, say that
 * if it's to match eg Python's use of 'linux2' as an identifier, use that
 * if you mean systems which use the Linux kernel, say that. In the code itself there are many occurences of the string 'linux' where we actually do mean the kernel behaves in a particular way.

In the documentation most of the occurrences are sloppy and should be fixed.

There is one symbol name that needs to be changed for this, but it's private and should be harmless to change.

If I missed anything please let me know.

Martin Pool (mbp) on 2010-06-24
Changed in bzr:
milestone: none → 2.2b4
status: In Progress → Fix Released
Glenn Morris (rgm+lp) wrote :

Thanks for taking care of this.

Glenn Morris (rgm+lp) wrote :

Just happened to notice a similar thing in the description of the Bazaar homepage, which is what shows up in
web searches, etc:
 <meta name="description" content="Bazaar version control system: easily manage source code on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X" />

Thanks, fixed, it'll be rolled out in a little bit.

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