People have helped created a complete OS just not the kernel. The momentum behind this so huge that Linus's effort to trademarking it useless as people do make concious choice related with Opensource. So am I. I buy SuSE OS not linux kernel and I care less about what the kernel is, linux or hurd. But I do appreciate his effort and so many others, like people with GCC/GNU, Apache, GNOME, KDE .. the list will be too long to be inlcuded with OS name/brand.
The article was well written. I would like to add one suggestion for branding any OS, please do not use Linux or any thing with it because of not only trademark and cost but it may offend others like GNU or any software that is included with the OS. Such As
Brand: OpenSuSE GNU/OS
Includes: Linux Kernel 2.6.13
X.org e.t.c ....
So I humbly suggest please change your name rather than paying to maddog/LMI. Send a message that community is much bigger than the trade mark.
Syed Mamun Raihan