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What do you mean? There were already examples given of Linux without GNU (Android, busybox), and GNU can run on kernels other than Linux (HURD, mach). They are quite divisible.

I think he means that Linux and GNU don't need each other, therefore its not /, its +, as in one is not a sub-component of the other.

Oh! I get it now. primitur: It's supposed to be GNU on (or over) Linux, like TCP/IP.

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