GNU and Linux Combined

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If you're using Freshmeat, most likely you're running the operating system which is the combination of GNU and Linux.

This system was first completed around 1992, by combining Linux, the kernel newly written by Linus Torvalds, with the almost-finished GNU operating system, which was complete except for a kernel, after 8 years of work.

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Updated: $Date: 2006/05/22 10:22:27 $ $Author: ramprasadb $