Friday, November 4, 2011

What is GNU/Linux?

GNU is recursively defined as GNU's Not Unix. It was started by Richard Stallman (founder of  GNU Project and Free Software Foundation).

GNU Project was intended to create a free operating system alternative to the commercial UNIX OS. To   create open source software, he and like-minded others developed open source compilers known as the GNU Compiler Collection.  

So GNU represents the collection of free and open source programs that will make up the GNU OS but its GNU Hurd kernel is not yet available. Kernel is the at the heart of every computing OS; without it there's no OS to begin with.

In April 1991, Linus Torvalds posted his "... just a hobby, won't be big and professional like gnu..." kernel which was greatly adopted by other developers.

From then on, GNU/Linux and the open source movement spread to the masses.

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