What Is GNU In GNU/Linux?
What is GNU?
However, an animal called Wildebeest is in some places called GNU, hence it was chosen as the official mascot for GNU.
How GNU started?
Richard Stallman wanted to create a fully free operating system that had components and software which were freely available to the general public.
Stallman wanted an environment where users could use, understand and modify the source code and even distribute modified versions of the same. This later was published as GNU Manifesto.