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A non-profit organization founded in 1985 and devoted to the creation and dissemination of free software, i.e., software that is free from licensing fees or restrictions on use. The Foundation's main work is supporting the GNU Manifesto explains the details. In legal terms, GNU software is protected by the GNU General Public License, or GPL, and by the GNU Lesser General Public License, or LGPL. The Linux kernel, which is subject to the GPL, benefits from this project (especially from the tools), but should not be seen as the same thing.">GNU project, started by Richard Stallman, partly to proselytize for his position that information is community property and all software source should be shared.