Henceforth, I dub thee GLAMP

I’ve decided to start replacing L with GL in acronyms where L supposedly stands for Linux.

I’m not a big user of acronyms, because I think they are exclusionist and they obscure, rather than revealing. (This wouldn’t matter if I wrote for people who already knew what I meant and agreed with me, but that’s a waste of time). However, LAMP is one that I’ve probably used a few times, without thinking that it is supposed to stand for Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP/Perl/Python. In fact, it doesn’t refer to Linux, it refers to GNU/Linux. Therefore, it should be GLAMP.

Why does this matter? I try not to say Linux, unless I’m referring to a kernel, because a kernel is not an operating system. I try to be pretty careful about saying GNU/Linux when I’m talking about an operating system. An exception is a recruiting event yesterday at the University of Virginia, where I compromised my principles because of the noise. Trying to explain myself at that decibel level was just beyond my willingness, so I said we use Linux. If the potential recruits hire on with us, they’ll get to hear me say GNU/Linux. And if they don’t, maybe they’ll attend Richard Stallman’s upcoming talk at the engineering school there on March 27th or 28th (sorry, it’s not listed online, so I can’t link to it).

And you’ll see GNU/Linux used conscientiously if you read the book I’m helping to write, too.

GNU matters. A lot. You may not think so, but if it ceased to exist, you’d find out. That applies equally even if you don’t think you are a Free Software user. You have no idea how much you rely on Free Software in your daily life. And the GNU project has been and continues to be a keystone in that arch of freedom.

Thanks to MySQL’s Brian Aker for snapping me out of my LAMP carelessness.

About The Author

Baron is the founder and CEO of VividCortex. He is the author of High Performance MySQL and many open-source tools for performance analysis, monitoring, and system administration. Baron contributes to various database communities such as Oracle, PostgreSQL, Redis and MongoDB.