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Old 07-18-2006, 06:11 PM   #1
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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?
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Well you answered your own question already. But here's some more info on the matter.

gnu is what is called a recursive acronym.
Old 07-18-2006, 06:20 PM   #3
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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.
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GNU is Not Unix is a recursive acronym.
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HURD= HIRD of Unix-Replacing Daemons

while HIRD= HURD of Interfaces Representing Depth

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And NINJA = NINJA Is Not Just Air (it's dust slaying nano-shurikens of doom).
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haha i see
never heard of a recursive acronym before.
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Don't forget WINE - Wine Is Not an Emulator.
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which is why

hope this helps
if not
too bad

Old 07-21-2006, 09:20 AM   #10
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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!)

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Old 07-21-2006, 09:38 PM   #11
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Actually, GNU is a bug.
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that made me laugh . really.
and i love the buffalo's face:


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