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Should we be lesser GNUs?

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I have sincere doubts when people insist on calling Gentoo a GNU/Linux distribution, mostly because we’re well versed in supporting non-GNU Free Software alternatives, even if sometimes it’s quite difficult to do so. One of the cases which I tried to tackle before and I failed was the ability to use bsdtar as system implementation of tar(1). Lacking a complete system like Debian’s alternative, and left with mostly-custom, identical scripts for eselect, supporting simply tar is trivial, supporting multiple implementations and tools really isn’t.

But why am I taking again the idea out right now? It’s not like the Google Summer of Code is approaching (well, there is Google Code-In but this is definitely not the kind of thing that could be done there. Instead, the reason why I approach the notion once again is that GNU failed us again: version 1.24 of GNU tar is bugged as the Fallout 3 vaults.

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