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Coined 1983 by Richard M. Stallman as a recursive acronym for "GNU's Not Unix", following convention of naming programs similar to or inspired by existing programs as “(New Name) Is Not (Old Name)”; compare Xinu.

Specifically influenced by lack of English words of form ?inu (“?INU Is Not Unix”), that gnu is the alphabetically first (and in fact only) English word of the form ?nu (“?’s Not Unix”), that gnu was perceived as a humorous word, and the existence of the song The Gnu.[1]


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  1. Name of the Free Software Foundation's project to develop a free UNIX-like operating system, including the legal framework, such as the source code and documentation licenses.

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  1. ^ The Free Software Movement and the Future of Freedom: The name "GNU", Richard Stallman, March 9th 2006



Proper noun[edit]


  1. (computing) GNU


Inflection (stem in long/high vowel, back harmony)
singular plural
nominative GNU
accusative GNU-t
dative GNU-nak
instrumental GNU-val
causal-final GNU-ért
translative GNU-vá
terminative GNU-ig
essive-formal GNU-ként
inessive GNU-ban
superessive GNU-n
adessive GNU-nál
illative GNU-ba
sublative GNU-ra
allative GNU-hoz
elative GNU-ból
delative GNU-ról
ablative GNU-tól
Possessive forms of GNU
possessor single possession multiple possessions
1st person sing. GNU-m
2nd person sing. GNU-d
3rd person sing. GNU-ja
1st person plural GNU-nk
2nd person plural GNU-tok
3rd person plural GNU-juk