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mista_chewey 07-18-2006 06:11 PM

what does GNU stand for?
 
what does GNU stand for?
i look at definitions on the web and it says "GNU not unix"
it's using the term being defined in the definition so....what does it really mean?

angkor 07-18-2006 06:20 PM

Well you answered your own question already. ;) But here's some more info on the matter.

gnu is what is called a recursive acronym.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNU
http://www.gnu.org/

reddazz 07-18-2006 06:20 PM

The meaning is right. GNU = GNU is Not Unix. Its a play on words that is very common in the opensource community e.g. PHP = PHP:Hypertext Preprocessor.

jschiwal 07-18-2006 06:21 PM

GNU is Not Unix is a recursive acronym.

Daws 07-18-2006 08:08 PM

HURD= HIRD of Unix-Replacing Daemons

while HIRD= HURD of Interfaces Representing Depth

Classic

http://www.gnu.org/software/hurd/hurd.html#name

zytsef 07-18-2006 10:20 PM

And NINJA = NINJA Is Not Just Air (it's dust slaying nano-shurikens of doom).

mista_chewey 07-19-2006 02:17 AM

haha i see
never heard of a recursive acronym before.

XavierP 07-19-2006 06:45 AM

Don't forget WINE - Wine Is Not an Emulator.

floppywhopper 07-19-2006 06:46 AM

http://www.sagarmatha.com/images/gnu.jpg

which is why

http://su2.info/graphics/gnu_tux/gnu_tux-1600x1200.jpg

hope this helps
if not
too bad

floppy

sundialsvcs 07-21-2006 09:20 AM

Actually... it stands for Gnu's Not Linux! ;)

Oh, how we computer people love our TLA's... it keeps people from knowing what we're talking about.

(TLA = Three-Letter Acronym!) :D

taylor_venable 07-21-2006 09:38 PM

Actually, GNU is a bug.

http://www.gnu.org/fun/jokes/gnu-overflow.html

konsolebox 07-21-2006 09:49 PM

that made me laugh :D . really.
and i love the buffalo's face: http://www.gnu.org/graphics/gleeson_head.jpg


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