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Taken from GNU's website:     "The GNU system contains all of the official GNU software packages, 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 ...


"Gnu" itself, meaning a type of African antelope, also called a "Wildebeast", is from the Khoikhoi language of Africa, the initial "G" indicating the glottal stop that is exensively used in Khoikhoi.


GNU is a recursive acronym, GNU's Not UNIX It was chosen because: The name “GNU” was chosen because it met a few requirements; first, it was a recursive acronym for “GNU's Not Unix”, second, because it was a real word, and third, it was fun to say (or Sing). See this GNU webpage for more historical information on the the name.


There is no original GNU/Linux operating system. Linux is the kernel and GNU is the operating system. A Linux distribution is created when users combine the Linux kernel with the essential tools that run an operating system. Some History in a Nutshell GNU set out to make a free UNIX-like operating system in 1983. By the early 1990's, GNU had all of the ...


The "Original" Linux "Linux" is the kernel, licensed under the GNU General Public License. The GNU part of GNU/Linux can generally be though of as the userland tools such as coreutils, although not all distributions are limited to GNU software for their userland. Wikipedia says: Linus Torvalds developed the Linux kernel and distributed its first ...


You might also be interested in looking at what is called 'Free GNU/Linux distributions', the distributions that are endorsed by GNU community and that completely follow the GNU Public License. http://www.gnu.org/distros/free-distros.html


Linux is the kernel. This connects you to the hardware of your system. GNU (GNU is Not Unix). Here are the essential libre tools you're interested in. After combining the two parts one gets a "distribution" or "flavor" of Linux, aka GNU/Linux to some. Perhaps one approximation of what you seek is the GNU/Hurd. https://www.gnu.org/software/hurd/hurd.html ...

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