I can't find the list of commands for GNU Netcat.

But they say on their official website the following:

Goals of this project are full compatibility with the original nc 1.10 that is widely used, and portability.

So this means that their commands are the same as nc 1.10, right? But is nc 1.10 considered to be netcat-openbsd or netcat-traditional?

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nc 1.10 is netcat-traditional, which was released by Avian Research and last updated “officially” in 1996. It’s been extensively patched since then, and GNU Netcat was started as a development branch of Avian Netcat.

(This is based on information contained in the Debian package.)

GNU Netcat doesn’t appear to have been developed much; OpenBSD Netcat is the more interesting alternative nowadays.

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