@fanta Linux 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.
There really is a Linux, and these people are using it, but it is just a part of the system they use. Linux is the kernel: the program in the system that allocates the machine’s resources to the other programs that you run. 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. Linux is normally used in combination with the GNU operating system: the whole system is basically GNU with Linux added, or GNU/Linux. All the so-called Linux distributions are really distributions of GNU/Linux!
@Graycot @eris Hey. Sorry for the lack of context, but the original post he was responding to was deleted. He was asked about the privacy issues of GitHub and how it's impossible to collaborate on Mastodon without giving away your freedom. The ActivityPub thing was just something I personally found ironic. I should've pointed that out.
@terminalSloth ¿Qué han hecho los desarrolladores de Factorio, por cierto (aparte de hacer un juego privativo)?
Programmer and gay pony.
Free culture activist. ☭