xenopeek wrote:Yes, so what most of us mean by "Linux" is not just the Linux kernel. We mean the GNU/Linux operating system.
True! But that's today's problem of people not fully understanding the difference between the Linux kernel and GNU/Linux operating system.
xenopeek wrote: Which you can happily run with another kernel without losing much of the user experience (Debian GNU/kFreeBSD or Debian GNU/Hurd). While if you take the Linux kernel and build another operating system around it, like Android has done, you end up with a different environment. Let's agree to have a different opinion on this.
For me, Android is based on the Linux kernel. Like you said, take the kernel, build an environment around it, give it a name and it's not a new operating system!!! This mistake i have seen so many times, Android users claiming that the Android environment is an operating system on it's own as a completely new system. When someone explains those folks that it is an Android environment running on top of the Linux kernel, those users starts a which hunt and throw that person on the pyre.
We have to live with that i think...