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<h2>GNU Software</h2>

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<p><strong>Download distributions</strong></p>
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<p class="highlight-para">If you're looking for a whole system to
install, see our <a href="/distros/free-distros.html">list of
GNU/Linux distributions which are entirely free software</a>.</p>
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<p><a href="/gnu/about-gnu.html">GNU</a> is an operating system which is
100% free software.  It was launched in 1983 by Richard Stallman (rms)
and has been developed by many people working together for the sake of
freedom of all software users to control their computing.  Technically,
GNU is generally like Unix.  But unlike Unix, GNU gives its users
freedom.</p>

<p>The GNU system contains all of the <a
href="/philosophy/categories.html#GNUsoftware">official GNU software
packages</a> (which are listed below), and also includes non-GNU free
software, notably TeX and the X Window System.  Also, the GNU system is
not a single static set of programs; users and distributors may select
different packages according to their needs and desires.  The result is
still a variant of the GNU system.</p>

<p>If you're looking for a whole system to install, see our <a
href="/distros/free-distros.html">list of GNU/Linux distributions which
are entirely free software</a>.</p>

<p>To look for individual free software packages, both GNU and non-GNU,
please see the <a href="http://directory.fsf.org/">Free Software
Directory</a>: a categorized, searchable database of free software.  The
Directory is actively maintained by the <a
href="http://www.fsf.org/">Free Software Foundation</a> and includes
links to program home pages where available, as well as entries for <a
href="http://directory.fsf.org/wiki/GNU/">all GNU packages</a>.  Another
list of <a href="#allgnupkgs">all GNU packages</a> is below.  <a
href="/doc/doc.html">Free software documentation links</a> are listed
separately.</p>

<p>Finally, we have a <a href="/software/for-windows.html">short list of
free software for Microsoft Windows</a>, for Windows users who would
like to try free software.</p>


<h3 id="getgnu">How to get GNU software</h3>

<p>GNU software is available by several different methods:</p>

<ul>
<li>Download a <a href="/distros/free-distros.html">wholly free
GNU/Linux distribution</a>.</li>

<li>Get a copy from a friend.</li>

<li>Buy a computer with a wholly free GNU/Linux system preinstalled
from <a href="/links/companies.html">one of the companies</a> that
offers this.</li>

<li><a href="/order/ftp.html">Download individual packages from the web
or via FTP</a>: we provide source code for all GNU software as <a
href="/philosophy/free-sw.html">free software</a>, and free of charge.
(Please also make a <a href="/help/donate.html">donation</a> to the FSF
if you can, to help support the development of more free software.)</li>

<li>Use the <a href="/software/guix/guix.html">GNU Guix</a> functional
package manager to install and manage GNU package releases.</li>

<li>Use the <a href="/software/gsrc/gsrc.html">GNU GSRC</a> collection to
easily install the latest GNU package releases on their own, without
conflicting with any system versions.</li>

<li>Use the 
<a
href="https://launchpad.net/~dns/+archive/gnu?field.series_filter=">GNU
PPA</a> or <a
href="https://launchpad.net/~dns/+archive/gnustep?field.series_filter=">GNUstep
PPA</a> (Personal Package Archive) on Trisquel, gNewSense, or related
distros to get the latest releases suitably packaged.</li>

<li>Get the development sources for a package and build them.
Many GNU packages keep their development sources at the GNU hosting site
<a href="http://savannah.gnu.org/">savannah.gnu.org</a>.  Some packages
use other source repositories, or have none at all.  Each package's web
pages should give the specifics.</li>

</ul>


<h3 id="develop">Develop GNU software</h3>

<p>If you are developing a GNU package, please take a look at the
available <a href="/software/devel.html">GNU software developer
resources</a>.</p>

<p>Although not strictly about official GNU software, we maintain a list
of <a href="http://www.fsf.org/campaigns/priority.html">high-priority
free software projects</a>.  Please help with these projects if you can.
For other ways to contribute to GNU, including taking over unmaintained
GNU packages and helping with development, see the <a
href="/help/help.html">GNU help wanted</a> page.</p>

<p>If you're writing a new program and would like to make your software
an official GNU package, see the <a
href="/help/evaluation.html">evaluation information and submission
form</a>.</p>


<h3><a id="allgnupkgs">All GNU packages</a></h3>

<p>Here is a list of all current GNU packages, using their package
identifiers (rather than long names) for brevity, and sorted
alphabetically.  If you have corrections to or questions about this
list, please email <a
href="mailto:maintainers@gnu.org"><maintainers@gnu.org></a>.</p>

<p>Also available are lists of:</p>

<ul>
<li><a href="/manual/blurbs.html">short descriptions for all GNU
  packages</a>;</li>
<li><a href="/manual/manual.html">documentation for GNU packages</a>
  (arranged by category);</li>
<li><a href="/graphics/package-logos.html">GNU package logos</a>; and</li>
<li><a href="/software/recent-releases.html">recent GNU releases</a>.</li>
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<h3>Decommissioned GNU packages</h3>

<p>GNU packages are occasionally decommissioned, generally because
they've been superseded by, or integrated into, other packages.  If
you have time and interest in resurrecting any of these, please
contact <a
href="mailto:maintainers@gnu.org"><maintainers@gnu.org></a>.  Here
is the list; we leave the old project pages up (when they existed):

<a href="aeneas/">aeneas</a>,
<a href="aetherspace/">aetherspace</a>,
<a href="aroundme/">aroundme</a>,
<a href="gnu3dkit/">3dkit</a>,
<a href="abcsh/">abcsh</a>,
<a href="awacs/">awacs</a>,
<a href="cfs-el/">cfs-el</a>,
<a href="checker/">checker</a>,
<a href="cons/">cons</a>,
<a href="dgs/">dgs</a> (display ghostscript),
<a href="dld/">dld</a>,
<a href="dotgnu/">dotgnu</a>,
<a href="dotgnu-pnet/">dotgnu-pnet</a>,
<a href="http://directory.fsf.org/project/DrGenius/">dr.genius</a>,
<a href="elib/">elib</a>,
<a href="ffp/">ffp</a>,
<a href="fhp/">fhp</a>,
<a href="free/">free (gnu.free)</a>,
<a href="gcron/">gcron</a> (see <a href="mcron/">mcron</a>),
<a href="gfe/">gfe</a>,
<a href="http://directory.fsf.org/GNU/ggv.html">ggv</a> (see <a href="gv/">gv</a>),
gicqd,
<a href="http://directory.fsf.org/project/giptables/">giptables</a>,
<a href="gmorph/">gmorph</a>,
<a href="http://directory.fsf.org/project/gnochive/">gnochive</a>,
gnotary,
<a href="http://directory.fsf.org/project/gnotepad/">gnotepad+</a>,
gnubios,
<a href="gnu-arch/">gnu-arch</a>,
<a href="gnu-queue/">gnu-queue</a>,
gnucad,
<a href="gnufi/">gnufi</a>,
gnupedia (see <a href="http://wikipedia.org">wikipedia</a>),
<a href="gnuskies/">gnuskies</a>,
<a href="gnusql/">gnusql</a>,
<a href="gnustep-db/">gnustep-db</a>,
<a href="gnuts/">gnuts</a>,
<a href="goldwater/">goldwater</a>,
<a href="goodbye/">goodbye</a>,
<a href="goose/">goose</a>,
<a href="gphoto/">gphoto</a>,
<a href="graphics/">graphics</a>,
grover,
<a href="gtkeditor/">gtkeditor</a>,
<a href="gtkeyboard/">gtkeyboard</a>,
<a href="guss/">guss</a>,
<a href="hegemonie/">hegemonie</a>,
<a href="jdresolve/">jdresolve</a>,
<a href="lengualibre">lengualibre</a>,
leonardo,
libopts (see <a href="autogen/">autogen</a>),
mana,
<a href="messenger/">messenger</a>,
<a href="mgcp/">mgcp</a>,
<a href="mll2html/">mll2html</a>,
<a href="obst/">obst</a>,
<a href="octal/">octal</a>,
p2c,
<a href="packaging/">packaging</a>,
<a href="patchwork/">patchwork</a>,
<a href="phpgroupware/">phpgroupware</a>,
<a href="pips/">pips</a>,
<a href="poc/">poc</a>,
<a href="proto/">proto</a>,
<a href="rat/">rat</a>,
<a href="regex/">regex</a>,
<a href="rpge/">rpge</a>,
<a href="snakecharmer/">snakecharmer</a>,
<a href="songanizer/">songanizer</a>,
<a href="sourceinstall/">sourceinstall</a>,
<a href="sweater/">sweater</a>,
<a href="sxml/">sxml</a>,
<a href="toutdoux/">toutdoux</a>,
<a href="vmslib/">vmslib</a>,
<a href="webpublish/">webpublish</a>,
<a href="xbase/">xbase</a>,
<a href="xinfo/">xinfo</a>,
<a href="xmhtml/">xmhtml</a>,
<a href="zebra/">zebra</a>.
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