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1983 年 9 月,Richard Stallman 宣布了开发一个自由的类 Unix 操作系统的计划,这个计划被称为 GNU 。 GNU 是唯一一个为用户的自由而设计的操作系统。

GNU 是什么?

GNU is a Unix-like operating system that is free software—it respects your freedom. You can install versions of GNU (more precisely, GNU/Linux systems) which are entirely free software.

The GNU Project was launched in 1984 to develop the GNU system. The name “GNU” is a recursive acronym for “GNU's Not Unix!”.

GNU的截图

类 Unix 操作系统是由一系列应用程序、系统库和开发工具构成的 软件集合 , 并加上用于资源分配和硬件管理的内核。

GNU is typically used with a kernel called Linux. This combination is the GNU/Linux operating system. GNU/Linux is used by millions, though many call it “Linux” by mistake.

GNU's own kernel, The Hurd continues to be developed because it is an interesting technical project.

自由软件是什么?

自由软件” 是权利问题,不是价格问题。要理解这个概念,自由应该是“言论自由”中的“自由”,而不是“免费啤酒”中的“免费”。

自由软件关乎使用者运行、复制、发布、研究、修改和改进该软件的自由。 更精确地说,自由软件赋予软件使用者四种自由:

  • The freedom to run the program as you wish, for any purpose (freedom 0).
  • 有研究该软件如何运行,以及按需改写该软件的自由(自由之一)。取得该软件源代码为达成此目的之前提。
  • 有重新发布拷贝的自由,这样你可以借此来敦亲睦邻(自由之二)。
  • 有改进该软件,以及向公众发布改进的自由,这样整个社群都可受惠(自由之三)。取得该软件源码为达成此目的之前提。

How to pronounce GNU

“GNU” is pronounced g'noo, as one syllable, like saying “grew” but replacing the r with n.

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GNU oSIP is an implementation of the SIP protocol. It is used to provide multimedia and telecom software developers with an interface to initiate and control SIP sessions. (doc)

Short descriptions for all GNU packages.

采取行动

您能为这些 高优先级的项目做出贡献码? Gnash, coreboot, 自由的 GNU/Linux 发行版, GNU Octave, 网络路由器驱动,GDB的反向调试,自动视频编码转换,PowerVR 驱动,还有 Skype, OpenDWG 库和 Oracle Forms 的自由软件替代品。

你能帮助接手下列 失去维护的 GNU 软件包 吗? gleem, gnukart, halifax, jwhois, metahtml, orgadoc, polyxmass, superopt, teximpatient, are all looking for maintainers. Also, these packages are looking for co-maintainers: aspell, gnuae, metaexchange, powerguru. See the package web pages for more information.

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