The GNU Project (GNU General Public License, GNU GPL or GPL),  is a project by the Free Software Foundation to develop a free operating system by providing all
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of the components necessary, such as text editors, browsers, Flash plugins, a kernel, etc... These programs are used in and relied upon in most Linux distributions.


Some important projects of GNU are:

  • Gnash - A free replacement for Adobe's Flash plugin.
  • GNOME - A free desktop environment. At the time it was created, KDE relied on a non-free piece of software. the Qt toolkit.
  • Bash - The command shell found in many Linux distributions.

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