= G =
GNU /gnoo/, not /noo/
1. [acronym: `GNU's Not
Unix!', see recursive acronym] A Unix-workalike development
effort of the Free Software Foundation headed by Richard Stallman
<firstname.lastname@example.org>. GNU EMACS and the GNU C compiler, two
tools designed for this project, have become very popular in
hackerdom and elsewhere. The GNU project was designed partly to
proselytize for RMS's position that information is community
property and all software source should be shared. One of its
slogans is "Help stamp out software hoarding!" Though this
remains controversial (because it implicitly denies any right of
designers to own, assign, and sell the results of their labors),
many hackers who disagree with RMS have nevertheless cooperated to
produce large amounts of high-quality software for free
redistribution under the Free Software Foundation's imprimatur.
The GNU project has a web page at http://www.gnu.org.
See EMACS, copyleft, General Public Virus,
Linux. 2. Noted Unix hacker John Gilmore <email@example.com>,
founder of Usenet's anarchic alt.* hierarchy.
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.