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I still don't get the joke. Feel free to explain if you are feeling so inclined.

The joke I'm imagining is based on a mental association I have with the acronym "GNU", which is used by The GNU Project:


The group behind that project support the idea that people who use software should have access to the source code of that software, and therefore requesting the "source" is an action they would encourage.

They are also responsible for individual pieces of software with names like "GNU Emacs":


Hopefully this information proves interesting and useful to someone, and I haven't merely made a silly joke less funny by explaining it.

Genuinely surprised you've hung out here so long and haven't picked up on GNU/open source software talk.

This should leapfrog you in that specific direction: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_free_and_open-sourc...

I know what Gnu/open source is. I got that it was a reference to that.

That doesn't really clarify "the joke" for me. I don't see how that's a joke.

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