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  6  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gnu  \Gnu\,  n.  [Hottentot  gnu,  or  nju:  cf  F.  gnou.]  (Zo["o]l.) 
  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.  [Written  also  {gnoo}.] 
 
  Note:  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  gnu 
  n  :  large  African  antelope  having  a  head  with  horns  like  an  ox 
  and  a  long  tufted  tail  [syn:  {wildebeest}] 
 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
 
  GNU  /gnoo/,  _not_  /noo/  1.  [acronym:  `GNU's  Not  Unix!',  see 
  {{recursive  acronym}}]  A  Unix-workalike  development  effort  of  the  Free 
  Software  Foundation  headed  by  Richard  Stallman  <>.  GNU  EMACS 
  and  the  GNU  C  compiler,  two  tools  designed  for  this  project,  have  become 
  very  popular  in  hackerdom  and  elsewhere.  The  GNU  project  was  designed 
  partly  to  proselytize  for  RMS's  position  that  information  is  community 
  property  and  all  software  source  should  be  shared.  One  of  its  slogans  is 
  "Help  stamp  out  software  hoarding!"  Though  this  remains  controversial 
  (because  it  implicitly  denies  any  right  of  designers  to  own  assign,  and 
  sell  the  results  of  their  labors),  many  hackers  who  disagree  with  RMS  have 
  nevertheless  cooperated  to  produce  large  amounts  of  high-quality  software 
  for  free  redistribution  under  the  Free  Software  Foundation's  imprimatur. 
  The  GNU  project  has  a  web  page  at  `http://www.gnu.org'.  See  {EMACS}, 
  {copyleft},  {General  Public  Virus},  {Linux}.  2.  Noted  Unix  hacker  John 
  Gilmore  <>, 
  founder  of  Usenet's  anarchic  alt.*  hierarchy. 
 
 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  GNU 
 
    /g*noo/  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  site}s. 
 
  See  also  {Hurd}. 
 
  2.    {John  Gilmore}. 
 
  [{Jargon  File}] 
 
  (1997-04-12) 
 
 
 
  From  V.E.R.A.  --  Virtual  Entity  of  Relevant  Acronyms  13  March  2001  [vera]: 
 
  GNU 
  GNU's  Not  Unix  (rekursiv!,  Unix,  GNU) 
 
 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  GNU,  n.  An  animal  of  South  Africa,  which  in  its  domesticated  state 
  resembles  a  horse,  a  buffalo  and  a  stag.  In  its  wild  condition  it  is 
  something  like  a  thunderbolt,  an  earthquake  and  a  cyclone. 
 
  A  hunter  from  Kew  caught  a  distant  view 
  Of  a  peacefully  meditative  gnu, 
  And  he  said:  "I'll  pursue,  and  my  hands  imbrue 
  In  its  blood  at  a  closer  interview." 
  But  that  beast  did  ensue  and  the  hunter  it  threw 
  O'er  the  top  of  a  palm  that  adjacent  grew; 
  And  he  said  as  he  flew:  "It  is  well  I  withdrew 
  Ere,  losing  my  temper,  I  wickedly  slew 
  That  really  meritorious  gnu." 
  Jarn  Leffer 
 
 




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