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This list contains prominent non-primary references to GNU/Linux and similar composite terms, as suggested by Richard Stallman and the Free Software Foundation for naming the variety of Unix-like operating systems that are chiefly composed of Linux (the kernel) and GNU system software. The name after which those operating systems should be called has been a matter of debate, mainly due to they not being a final product released by a single entity under a single name, but rather an amalgam of different open-source and free software projects bundled together into so-called distributions.

Some of the sources for these entries clearly embrace saying GNU/Linux, whereas others seem to indiscriminately interchange Linux with GNU/Linux or similar terms. (GNU+Linux, GNU with Linux, GNU/Linux/X/... and the like plus their permutations also fit for inclusion in this list; that's to say, as long as both GNU and Linux are given mention).

Linux is just a kernel[edit]


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  15. ^ Mark Shuttleworth (14 February 2014). "Losing graciously". Archived from the original on 22 March 2014. Retrieved 27 April 2014. today our focus is on the cloud and on mobile, and we are quite clearly leading GNU/Linux on both fronts 
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