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1. A recursive acronym: "GNU's Not Unix!". The Free Software Foundation's project to provide a freely distributable replacement for Unix. The GNU Manifesto was published in the March 1985 issue of Dr. Dobb's Journal but the GNU project started a year and a half earlier when Richard Stallman was trying to get funding to work on his freely distributable editor, Emacs.

Emacs and the GNU C compiler, gcc, two tools designed for this project, have become very popular. GNU software is available from many GNU archive sites.

See also: Hurd.

2. <person> John Gilmore.

(01 Mar 1997)

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<zoology> One of two species of large South African antelopes of the genus Catoblephas, having a mane and bushy tail, and curved horns in both sexes.

Alternative forms: gnoo.

The common gnu or wildebeest (Catoblephas gnu) is plain brown; the brindled gnu or blue wildebeest (C. Gorgon) is larger, with transverse stripes of black on the neck and shoulders.

Origin: Hottentot gnu, or nju: cf. F. Gnou.

(01 Mar 1998)

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