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GNU i/ɡənuː/ is a Unix-like computer operating system developed by the GNU Project, ultimately aiming to be a "complete Unix-compatible software system" composed wholly of free software. Development of GNU was initiated by Richard Stallman in 1983 and was the original focus of the Free Software Foundation (FSF). Non-GNU kernels, most famously the Linux kernel, can also be used with GNU. The FSF maintains that Linux, when used with GNU tools and utilities, should be considered a variant of GNU, and promotes the term GNU/Linux for such systems (leading to the GNU/Linux naming controversy).

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GNU Logo
... The logo for GNU is a gnu head ... It appears in GNU software and in printed and electronic documentation for the GNU Project, and is also used in Free Software Foundation materials ...
List Of Software Using Digital Audio Access Protocol
... Platform Licence Amarok Yes Yes No Unix-like GNU General Public License (GNU GPL) aTunes Yes No No Cross-platform Java Banshee Yes Yes No Unix-like MIT daapd No Yes No Unix-lik ...
List Of Build Automation Software - Make-based Tools
... distcc distmake Dmake a make utility similar to GNU make or the Workshop dmake JMake JMK kbuild make, a classic Unix build tool makeLib makeme MakeModules MakeNG makeplus makepp make utilities mk ...
Singapore GNU Group
... The Singapore GNU Group is a socio-political group in Singapore ... the free software movement based on the development of the GNU operating system, with Linux as the kernel ...
GNU Paint
... GNU Paint, otherwise known as gpaint, is a free and open source raster graphics editor that is similar to Microsoft Paint ... It is free software licensed under the terms of GNU General Public License version 3 and is part of the GNU Project ...