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We do not provide support for GNU software on microcomputers because it is peripheral to the GNU Project. However, we are distributing a few such programs on tape, CD-ROM and diskette. We are also willing to publish information about groups who do support and maintain them. If you are aware of any such efforts, please send the details, including postal addresses, archive sites and mailing lists, to either address on the front cover.
See "MS-DOS Distribution" and both CD-ROM articles for more information about microcomputer software available from the FSF. Please do not ask us about any other software. The FSF does not maintain any of it and has no additional information.
In lawsuits, Apple claims the power to stop people from writing any program that has a user interface that works even vaguely like the Macintosh's. If Apple wins in the courts, it will create for itself a new power over the public that will enable it to put an end to free software. So long as Apple is committed to establishing this kind of monopoly, we will not provide any support or software for Apple machines. We ask that you too refrain from developing for or porting to Apple systems, since any more software adds to their business. Don't feed the lawyer that bites you!
The BCS has numerous free programs for microcomputers, including some GNU programs. Contact them to see what is available for your machine: Boston Computer Society, 1 Kendall Square - Bldg 1400, Cambridge, MA 02139 USA. Phone: (617) 252-0600.
Get Amiga ports of many GNU programs using anonymous FTP from host
ftp.funet.fi in `/pub/amiga/gnu' (Europe).
For info on (or offers to help with) the GCC port and related projects, ask
firstname.lastname@example.org. For info on the GNU
Emacs port, ask David Gay,
Mark D. Henning,
email@example.com. You can get more info
via anonymous FTP in
Get Atari ports by anonymous FTP from
(maintained by Howard Chu,
are discussed on USENET in
Michael Johnson has written a completely stand-alone port of the GNU
C/C++ Version 2.3.3 compiler for OS/2 2.0. It has the C/C++
compilers, the GNU assembler, documentation & both OS/2-specific and
the BSD C libraries. You can get it from host
in file `/os2/2_x/unix/gnu/gcc2_233' by FTP. To join the
mailing list, send a message to
Linux (named after its author, Linus Torvalds, and Minix) is a free Unix
clone which implements a subset of System V and POSIX functionality. Linux
has been written from scratch and does not contain any proprietary code.
Many of the utilities and libraries are GNU Project software. Linux runs
only on 386/486 AT-bus (and some EISA-bus) machines. Porting to non-Intel
architectures is hard because the kernel makes extensive use of 386 memory
management and task primitives. Linux is freely distributable and
available via anonymous FTP:
tsx-11.mit.edu in `/pub/linux' (USA),
nic.funet.fi in `/pub/OS/Linux' (Europe). Ask
firstname.lastname@example.org about their mailing
lists. See USENET newsgroup
comp.os.linux.misc et al for Linux
DJ Delorie has ported GCC/G++ to the 386/483 MS-DOS platform. See "GNU Software Available Now" for details. The FSF is distributing DJGPP on both floppies and CD (see "MS-DOS Distribution" and "Compiler Tools Binaries CD-ROM").
Manabu Higashida and Hirano Satoshi have released Demacs, a GNU
Emacs port for 386/486 MS-DOS. Version 1.2.0 is the first post-beta
release. Demacs provides several DOS-specific features: support for binary
or text file translation, "8 bit clean" display mode, 80x86 software
interrupt calls via an
int86 Lisp function, machine-specific
features such as function key support, file name completion with drive
name, child processes (
Dired mode works without `ls.exe'. Anonymous FTP it from:
wuarchive.wustl.edu in `/mirrors/msdos/demacs',
utsun.s.u-tokyo.ac.jp in `/GNU/demacs' (Japan),
ftp.funet.fi in `/pub/gnu/emacs/demacs' (Europe).
The FSF is distributing Demacs on floppies (see "MS-DOS Distribution").
You can ask
MS-DOS ports of GNU programs and related mailing lists. Or anonymous FTP
files `/pub/gnu/MicrosPorts/MSDOS*' on
The FSF is distributing MS-DOS ports of many GNU programs on both floppies & CD (see "MS-DOS Distribution" & "Source Code CD-ROM").
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