Mail Archives: djgpp/1997/11/25/23:35:17

From: Rick Currie <rcurrie AT paccar DOT com>
Newsgroups: comp.os.msdos.djgpp
Subject: Re: I have some question.
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 1997 18:43:51 -0800
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John M. Aldrich wrote:
> 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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I haven't followed this thread totally, so my answer may be a bit off,
but as to what GNU stands for, back in the mid-1980's it stood for
"Gratefully Not Unix", apparently as some kind of protest against Unix
policies of the time.  I'm afraid I don't know the details, as I wasn't
into Unix or similar OS'es at the time.

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