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Meaning of GNU

Pronunciation:  noo

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/g*noo/ 1. A recursive acronym: "GNU's Not Unix!". The free software foundation's project to provide a freely distributable replacement for unix. The GNU Manifesto was published in the March 1985 issue of Dr. Dobb's Journal but the GNU project started a year and a half earlier when richard stallman was trying to get funding to work on his freely distributable editor, emacs.

emacs and the GNU c compiler, gcc, two tools designed for this project, have become very popular. GNU software is available from many gnu archive sites.

See also hurd.

2. john gilmore.

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