GNU is a computer operating system composed entirely of free software. Its name is a recursive acronym for GNU’s Not Unix.
It was chosen because its design is Unix-like, but differs from Unix by being free software and by not containing any Unix code.
The logo for GNU is a gnu head
GNU Head logo originally created by Etienne Suvasa.
GNU is developed by the GNU Project and the development of GNU was initiated by Richard Stallman and then publicly announced as GNU operating system on September 27, 1983, which was the original focus of the Free Software Foundation (FSF).
Richard Stallman wanted computer users to be “free”, as most were in the 1960s and 1970s — free to study the source code of the software they use, free to share the software with other people, free to modify the behavior of the software, and free to publish their modified versions of the software.
The goal was to bring a free software operating system into existence.
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