GNU Project Information
This directory collects some GNU organizational documents. For general
information about the GNU project and the Free Software Foundation, see www.gnu.org.
- The GNU FTP mirror list
- lists sites which mirror ftp.gnu.org, which holds most official GNU
software releases. Please use a mirror if you can. If you'd like to
volunteer your site as another mirror, please see this separate page with
Advice for Running Mirrors.
- The GNU service
- is a list of people who have asked to be listed as offering support
services for GNU software, including GNU Emacs and GCC, for a fee or in
some cases at no charge.
- The GNU coding
- attempt to make the GNU system clean, consistent, and easy to install.
This document can also be read as a guide to writing portable, robust and
reliable programs. It focuses on programs written in C, but many of the
rules and principles are useful even if you write in another programming
- GNU maintainer
- includes guidelines and advice for someone who is the maintainer of a
GNU program on behalf of the GNU Project. Everyone is entitled to change
and redistribute GNU software; you need not pay attention to this file to
get permission. But if you want to maintain a version for widespread
distribution, we suggest you follow these guidelines; if you would like
to be (or are already) a GNU maintainer, then it is essential to follow
- GNU task list
- is available here, although the actual task list items are
now maintained at savannah.
- GNU mailing list
- is now at lists.gnu.org. There are
hundreds of other aliases and forwarding addresses which are not
full-fledged lists, so don't consider the list there to be complete.
(The mailinglists.html file that used to be here in /prep is now
- GNU Program Index
- is now subsumed in the Free
Software Directory. (The program.index.html file that used to
be here in /prep is now obsolete.)
By the way, the prep directory name here refers to
prep.ai.mit.edu, one of the first hosts used by GNU for distributing
GNU software, and project information like the above, over the Internet.
prep was in the MIT artificial intelligence lab at the time; today, the
hostname is an alias for ftp.gnu.org. It still works for ftp, mail, and even
web access (although the web had not been invented at the time prep was
originally used). Even today, references to prep survive in documentation, mail
archives, essays—and the name of this directory.