About the GNU Operating System

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If you're looking for a whole system to install, see our list of GNU/Linux distributions which are entirely free software.

GNU History

Here are two postings that Stallman wrote for a bulletin board at Stanford while he was visiting there in May, 1983. They show some of his thinking on the way towards launching the development of the GNU system. They don't use the term “free software”; apparently he had not yet started to put those two words together.

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(9965) GNU

Main-belt asteroid (9965) GNU, provisionally designated as 1992 EF2, was named after the GNU project in the Minor Planet Circular 41571. The asteroid was discovered at Kitt Peak by Spacewatch on the 5th March 1992.