Mail Archives: djgpp/1997/11/25/01:33:04

From: "John M. Aldrich" <fighteer AT cs DOT com>
Newsgroups: comp.os.msdos.djgpp
Subject: Re: I have some question.
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 1997 18:30:16 +0000
Organization: Two pounds of chaos and a pinch of salt
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Peter Palotas wrote:
> I can't understand what they mean with that, there must be another original
> meaning to GNU, right?  What does the G in GNU stand for, it can't stand
> for GNU, can it!?

In fact, it can.  It's a recursive acronym; GNU stands for GNU's Not
Unix.  If the original 'G' ever stood for anything, I have no idea what
it could be, although the reference to the hooved mammal known as the
"gnu" is probably the most likely reason for picking 'G'.  :)

|      John M. Aldrich       | "Sin lies only in hurting other      |
|       aka Fighteer I       | people unnecessarily.  All other     |
|   mailto:fighteer AT cs DOT com   | 'sins' are invented nonsense."       |
| |                 - Lazarus Long       |

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