[Chugalug] OK I'm 3 days late with this:It was 30 years ago today, FREE UNIX!

Rod rod-lists at epbfi.com
Tue Oct 1 02:03:56 UTC 2013

It was 30 years ago today -- which is to say Sept. 27, 1983 -- that the  
seeds were planted for both Linux and the open source software movement,  
though neither is called that name by the man who help set both of them  
into motion, the irascible Richard Stallman.

On that day, Stallman, then working at the Artificial Intelligence Lab at  
the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, posted on the net.unix-wizards  
and net.usoft newsgroups about an ambitious new project he was embarking  

"Free Unix!" began the missive.

"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 to  
everyone who can use it. Contributions of time, money, programs and  
equipment are greatly needed," he wrote.
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