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<h2 class="center">Freedom Fry — “Happy birthday to GNU”</h2>

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<p class="center">Mr. Stephen Fry introduces you to free software, and reminds you of a very special birthday.</p>

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<li><a href="http://www.gnu.org/distros/free-distros.html">Download
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<h4 class="center"><a href="happy-birthday-to-gnu-in-your-language.html">Over 20 translations of the film now available</a></h4>

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<h2>Get involved with GNU!</h2>

<p>We started the GNU Project with a specific overall goal: to create
a free software operating system, the GNU System.  The scope of GNU is
far-reaching: any job that computer users want to
do <a href="http://www.gnu.org/gnu/gnu-history.html">should be doable
by free software</a>, and is thus a potential part of GNU.  For
instance, any program found in a typical <a href="/distros">GNU/Linux
distribution</a> is a candidate.</p>

<p>So we welcome new packages in GNU, to further our common cause of
free software.  If you want to join in and may have a suitable package,
please fill out this <a href="/help/evaluation.html">short
questionnaire</a> to get started, and see the background information
there.  The <a href="http://directory.fsf.org/">Free Software
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all current GNU packages</a>.</p>

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GNU projects. The <a
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<p>Your <a href="https://www.fsf.org/associate/support_freedom?">charitable
donation</a> to the FSF helps to support, promote, and develop free
software:</p>

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<li><a href="http://www.gnu.org/">GNU Project</a> — Developing a complete free software operating system</li>
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<li><a href="/philosophy/open-source-misses-the-point.html">Why "open source" misses the point</a></li>

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