I don't often link to Twitter statuses, because.... Twitter, but this one was funny. I'll quote so you don't have to click the link, but you can if you want to.
"Breaking: Mars becomes the second planet that has more computers running Linux than Windows."
@mike I'd just like to interject for a moment. What you're refering to as Mars, is in fact, GNU/Mars, or as I've recently taken to calling it, GNU plus Mars. Mars is not an operating system unto itself, but rather another free component of a fully functioning GNU system made useful by the GNU corelibs, shell utilities and vital system components comprising a full OS as defined by POSIX.
Many computer users run a modified version of the GNU system every day, without realizing it.
@mike Through a peculiar turn of events, the version of GNU which is widely used today is often called Mars, and many of its users are not aware that it is basically the GNU system, developed by the GNU Project.
There really is a Mars, and these people are using it, but it is just a part of the system they use. Mars is the kernel: the program in the system that allocates the machine's resources to the other programs that you run.
@mike The kernel is an essential part of an operating system, but useless by itself; it can only function in the context of a complete operating system. Mars is normally used in combination with the GNU operating system: the whole system is basically GNU with Mars added, or GNU/Mars. All the so-called Mars distributions are really distributions of GNU/Mars!
@ORDER That was really interesting as I'd never heard of "Mars" in that particular context. What I was referring to was the planet. 4th rock from the Sun. Do you have a reference I could read more about your GNU/Mars?
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