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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.

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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