10 Facts About GNU


GNU) is an extensive collection of free software (383 packages as of January 2022), which can be used as an operating system or can be used in parts with other operating systems.

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The use of the completed GNU tools led to the family of operating systems popularly known as Linux.

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GNU is the project within which the free software concept originated.

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Development of the GNU operating system was initiated by Richard Stallman while he worked at MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.

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GNU developers have contributed to Linux ports of GNU applications and utilities, which are now widely used on other operating systems such as BSD variants, Solaris and macOS.

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Many GNU programs have been ported to other operating systems, including proprietary platforms such as Microsoft Windows and macOS.

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GNU programs have been shown to be more reliable than their proprietary Unix counterparts.

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Original kernel of GNU Project is the GNU Hurd microkernel, which was the original focus of the Free Software Foundation.

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GNU Project recommends that contributors assign the copyright for GNU packages to the Free Software Foundation, though the Free Software Foundation considers it acceptable to release small changes to an existing project to the public domain.

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For most of the 80s, each GNU package had its own license: the Emacs General Public License, the GCC General Public License, etc.

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