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The GNU Operating System

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Free as in Freedom

Welcome to the GNU Project web server. The GNU Project was launched in 1984 to develop a complete UNIX like operating system which is free software: the GNU system (GNU is a recursive acronym for “GNU's Not UNIX”; it is pronounced guh-noo, like canoe). Variants of the GNU operating system, which use the kernel Linux, are now widely used; though these systems are often referred to as “Linux”, they are more accurately called GNU/Linux systems.

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is the principal organizational sponsor of the GNU Project. The FSF receives very little funding from corporations or grant-making foundations, but relies on support from individuals like you. Please consider helping the FSF in one of the ways described under Help FSF! (in the navigation bar).

We support the FSF's mission to preserve, protect and promote the freedom to use, study, copy, modify, and redistribute computer software, and to defend the rights of Free Software users. We support the freedoms of speech, press, and association on the Internet, the right to use encryption software for private communication, and the right to write software unimpeded by private monopolies. You can also read more about these issues by subscribing to the independent Free Software Magazine.

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Please sign the EFF's petition in favor of music sharing. There is one flaw in the wording of this petition. It is a mistake to speak of "compensating musicians" for copying, because that encourages the RIAA's dangerous pretense that they have "lost" something when people copy. The appropriate goal is not that musicians be "compensated"--it is to support music and musicians. However, that is no reason not to sign the petition.

GNU mailing list subscribers: lists.gnu.org has recovered and is resuming normal mail delivery. There will be some delay as it works through its backlog, but we do not expect any messages to be lost.

Help stop the WIPO broadcast/netcast treaty---it's like the DMCA but worse. See the FSF news item for more detail.

For other news, as well as for items that used to be in this GNUs Flashes section, see What's New in and about the GNU Project.

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