so I heard GNU turns 30 !

Posted 19 Sep 2015 at 15:06 UTC by badvogato Share This

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From: RMS%MIT-OZ@mit-eddie
Newsgroups: net.unix-wizards,net.usoft
Subject: new Unix implementation
Date: Tue, 27-Sep-83 12:35:59 EST
Organization: MIT AI Lab, Cambridge, MA

Free Unix!

Starting this Thanksgiving I am going to write a complete
Unix-compatible software system called GNU (for Gnu's Not Unix), and
give it away free(1) to everyone who can use it.
Contributions of time, money, programs and equipment are greatly

To begin with, GNU will be a kernel plus all the utilities needed to
write and run C programs: editor, shell, C compiler, linker,
assembler, and a few other things. After this we will add a text
formatter, a YACC, an Empire game, a spreadsheet, and hundreds of
other things. We hope to supply, eventually, everything useful that
normally comes with a Unix system, and anything else useful, including
on-line and hardcopy documentation.

GNU will be able to run Unix programs, but will not be identical
to Unix. We will make all improvements that are convenient, based
on our experience with other operating systems. In particular,
we plan to have longer filenames, file version numbers, a crashproof
file system, filename completion perhaps, terminal-independent
display support, and eventually a Lisp-based window system through
which several Lisp programs and ordinary Unix programs can share a screen.
Both C and Lisp will be available as system programming languages.
We will have network software based on MIT's chaosnet protocol,
far superior to UUCP. We may also have something compatible
with UUCP.

Who Am I?

I am Richard Stallman, inventor of the original much-imitated EMACS
editor, now at the Artificial Intelligence Lab at MIT. I have worked
extensively on compilers, editors, debuggers, command interpreters, the
Incompatible Timesharing System and the Lisp Machine operating system.
I pioneered terminal-independent display support in ITS. In addition I
have implemented one crashproof file system and two window systems for
Lisp machines.

Why I Must Write GNU

I consider that the golden rule requires that if I like a program I
must share it with other people who like it. I cannot in good
conscience sign a nondisclosure agreement or a software license

So that I can continue to use computers without violating my principles,
I have decided to put together a sufficient body of free software so that
I will be able to get along without any software that is not free.

How You Can Contribute

I am asking computer manufacturers for donations of machines and money.

I'm asking individuals for donations of programs and work.

One computer manufacturer has already offered to provide a machine. But
we could use more. One consequence you can expect if you donate
machines is that GNU will run on them at an early date. The machine had
better be able to operate in a residential area, and not require
sophisticated cooling or power.

Individual programmers can contribute by writing a compatible duplicate
of some Unix utility and giving it to me. For most projects, such
part-time distributed work would be very hard to coordinate; the
independently-written parts would not work together. But for the
particular task of replacing Unix, this problem is absent. Most
interface specifications are fixed by Unix compatibility. If each
contribution works with the rest of Unix, it will probably work
with the rest of GNU.

If I get donations of money, I may be able to hire a few people full or
part time. The salary won't be high, but I'm looking for people for
whom knowing they are helping humanity is as important as money. I view
this as a way of enabling dedicated people to devote their full energies to
working on GNU by sparing them the need to make a living in another way.

For more information, contact me.
Arpanet mail:


US Snail:
Richard Stallman
166 Prospect St
Cambridge, MA 02139

Advogato's numbers , posted 19 Sep 2015 at 15:41 UTC by sye » (Journeyer)

I'll be sipping in these old articles (Nov. 1999 - May 2007) for such a quiet celebration day/month/years

Happy birthday!, posted 20 Sep 2015 at 03:43 UTC by fzort » (Journeyer)

Happy birthday, GNU! Thank you for all the wonderful software!

Raph's GoogleTechTalk on mod_virgule, posted 23 Sep 2015 at 16:27 UTC by badvogato » (Master)

watched again his talk given in 2007 at Google Tech Talk ...

He mentioned ethos of free software developers. And if we'd quantify a curvy surface of this 'Etho', what would it be look like ?

I am _dying to know_ who at Google nudged Raph to give this talk in 2007 ...Might that person own up this challenge to re-opened the door of ?

As for now, Spammers has won, since this site attracts mostly negative views or second hand syndicated content.

Funny I caught this news on WallStreet:

Google must take 'Right to Be Forgotten' worldwide, France says.
Search giant maintains that regulator can't 'assert global authority'

PARIS -- France's data-protection regulator on Monday rejected Google Inc.'s appeal of its order to expand Europe's "right to be forgotten" to Google's websites worldwide, setting up what is likely to be an extended legal battle.

France's Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libert├ęs, or CNIL, said that Google (GOOGL) (GOOGL) must now adhere to a formal order in May directing it to apply Europe's right to be forgotten to "all domain names" of the search engine, including face possible sanctions proceedings.

Must we forget good times when we touched one another in unexpected places?

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