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GNU - What is GNU?

  • Self-referentially, short for GNU's not UNIX, a UNIX-compatible software system developed by the Free Software Foundation (FSF).

  • The philosophy behind GNU is to produce software that is non-proprietary.


  • Anyone can download, modify and redistribute GNU software. The only restriction is that they cannot limit further redistribution.


  • The GNU project was started in 1983 by Richard Stallman at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


  • Linux systems rely heavily on GNU software and in the past, GNU systems used the Linux kernel.


  • This close connection has led some people to mistakenly equate GNU with Linux. They are actually quite separate.
    In fact, the FSF is developing a new kernel called HURD to replace the Linux kernel in GNU systems.


  • The GNU Project was launched in 1984 to develop a complete Unix-like operating system which is free software: the GNU system. Variants of the GNU operating system, which use the kernel called Linux, are now widely used; though these systems are often referred to as “Linux”, they are more accurately called GNU/Linux systems.


  • For more information: The GNU Operating System



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