Definition : GNU’s Not Unix
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What does GNU mean?

GNU (pronounced guh-noo) is a Unix-like computer operating system developed by the GNU project, Free Software Foundation. GNU operating system composed entirely of free software, ultimately aiming to be a complete Unix-compatible software system composed wholly of free software. GNU is a recursive acronym for “GNU’s Not Unix”, chosen because GNU’s design is Unix-like, but differs from Unix by being free software and containing no Unix code.

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