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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?
 
Old 07-18-2006, 06:20 PM   #2
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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.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNU
http://www.gnu.org/
 
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.
 
Old 07-18-2006, 06:21 PM   #4
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GNU is Not Unix is a recursive acronym.
 
Old 07-18-2006, 08:08 PM   #5
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HURD= HIRD of Unix-Replacing Daemons

while HIRD= HURD of Interfaces Representing Depth

Classic

http://www.gnu.org/software/hurd/hurd.html#name
 
Old 07-18-2006, 10:20 PM   #6
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And NINJA = NINJA Is Not Just Air (it's dust slaying nano-shurikens of doom).
 
Old 07-19-2006, 02:17 AM   #7
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haha i see
never heard of a recursive acronym before.
 
Old 07-19-2006, 06:45 AM   #8
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Don't forget WINE - Wine Is Not an Emulator.
 
Old 07-19-2006, 06:46 AM   #9
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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
 
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!)

Last edited by sundialsvcs; 07-21-2006 at 09:21 AM.
 
Old 07-21-2006, 09:38 PM   #11
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Actually, GNU is a bug.

http://www.gnu.org/fun/jokes/gnu-overflow.html
 
Old 07-21-2006, 09:49 PM   #12
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that made me laugh . really.
and i love the buffalo's face: http://www.gnu.org/graphics/gleeson_head.jpg
 
  


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