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128px-Heckert GNU white.svgGNU, which is a recursive acronym for GNU's Not Unix, is a project that aims to create a completely free operating system inspired by Unix. Started in 1984, GNU has not resulted in a stable operating system as yet, but the project had produced a number of popular applications and utilities like GCC, Emacs and the Gnome desktop environment. Even though Linux is not part of this project, these GNU applications are typically found in most Linux distributions.

In addition to creating an OS and free applications, the GNU project is also responsible for the GPL license, which is used by many open source projects. The GPL license ensures that free software remains free as other modify and extend existing GPL code.

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