GNU has turned 30 today. But what is and what does it mean to us? GNU stands for “GNU’s Not Unix!” which is a recursive acronym.
The man behind this movement is Richard Stallman, who started the ‘Free Software Movement’ in 1983 with the words “Free Unix”. The aim was to offer a Unix based system but completely free under the General Public Licence (GPL).
The past 30 years has taken the GNU system to a world wide following of over millions where more than 95% of world’s supercomputers run free software and a majority of web servers (computers that run and maintain the Internet) run free software.
See below a short presentation about the past, present and future of GNU, GPL and FLOSS.