[LMB] OT: AKICOTL: UbUntu advice
mark at allums.com
Tue Aug 28 06:59:11 BST 2007
Mark Allums wrote:
GNU stands for, "GNU's Not Unix", a sort of
> self-referential acronym.
Replying to myself:
Technically, a "recursive" acronym. And a gnu was chosen for the mascot
because it's a three-letter word that ends in "NU", which, as I
mentioned, is "Not Unix".
The plural of UNIX seems to be "Unices". Unix is often put in all caps
for no good reason; it's a false acronym. The name Unix derives from
MULTICS, an early attempt at a universal OS. Unix does not refer to
eunuchs, but in a way it actually does (that would require a whole
'nother conversation to explain). Many people, particularly Linux
users, spell it Un*x, much the same way we spell L*ck*y or W*b*r.
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