From a room without windows

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Brief history of the background of the initial gnu generation

From a room without windows

It sounded compulsively on the radio of that clinic in Manhattan the hit "Mama, he treats your daughter mean", while Daniel caressed the baby with the yolk of his trembling fingers, which the smiling nurse had gently placed on the lap of an exhausted and happy Alice.

Making of watercolor portrait of young Richard Stallman - CC0 Public Domain -

It was not yet known at the time that that future vocational biologist, with a certain talent for mathematics and the logical reasoning that would be enrolled in Harvard looking for a degree in physics, had to face some of his own co-workers, founders of the now-defunct Symbolics Inc¹, to prevent them from taking control of the computers of the MIT Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Lab², under the unwieldy corporate tactic of accompanying corrections and improvements to the operating system of Lisp³ machines from a clause prohibiting the redistribution of these modifications, which would inevitably lead, thirty years after the release of Ruth Brown's success on September 27,1983, to the first stone of the GNU project, which sought to create a completely free operating system.

Symbolics 3600 -

A couple of years later the GNU Manifesto was published in which Richard, the son of Alice Lippman and Daniel Stallman, stated his intentions and motivations for creating a free alternative to the Unix operating system, which he called GNU. A recurrent acronym, such as Bing (Bing it's not Google), reaffirming what is not, in this case, it is clear that what is not, is UNIX.

In this writing he also established the disambiguation of the phonics of the name that had begun to create controversy among his followers, how do you pronounce GNU? That's how we found out about the artifact antelopes. A fascinating species, wonderful actors of cast in the documentaries of wild fauna in the summer afternoons, more specifically deserves mention the connochaetes gnou or black wildebeest. I'm sure Richard Matthew, the vocational biologist, would like this statement.

Other approaches in the above-mentioned declaration laid the foundations of this social movement which goes far beyond an operative system and is rooted in the most basic principles of the society in which we wish to live, which society we wish to build, which society we wish to be, in all the breadth of the verb.

Blue Wildebeest (Gnu) -

And speaking of verbs, in particular the Anglo-Saxon verbs, which as in any other language, and this Anglo-Phristian dialect brought to Britannia by the German invaders could not be otherwise, tends to the economics of language.

Thus, in the interpretation of words such as' free', there are more than twenty nuances or meanings among those who can easily be confused freely and freely. But here we are not going to talk about costs, we are talking about freedoms. The freedoms that users and the community deserve to have, the freedom to run, copy, exchange, study, modify and improve a program. But also, as we mentioned before, the current of thought that promotes this freedom of free content, of free culture, which is articulated around concepts such as public domain, Creative Commons or Copyleft licenses.

Does it catch your eye? Would you like to know more? Enter with me, step by step on this path, and hand in hand with people who have made these noble flag principles, following the infinite threads of the community, testing, asking questions until we find the answers to all our concerns throughout a series of articles in which we will delve into free culture and software, distributions, free cinema, free music and free hardware. We will learn, and in this way, perhaps, only perhaps, but for a moment we will feel the same way.


• The first internet domain • Research in Artificial Intelligence, Computational Biology. Robotics. etc. • Lisp: List processing. "LISt Processor".

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