How To Pronounce GNU

The name “GNU” is a recursive acronym for “GNU's Not Unix!”; it is pronounced as one syllable with a hard g, like “grew” but with the letter “n” instead of “r”.

This is a recording of Richard Stallman saying “GNU” and another with a short explanation about how GNU was named:

How to say “GNU”:

How GNU Was Named:

The combination of GNU and Linux is the GNU/Linux operating system, now used by millions and sometimes incorrectly called simply “Linux”.

For more detailed information and history of the GNU Operating System visit

License Of The Recordings

Copyright (C) 2001 Richard M. Stallman

These recordings are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 United States License.