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GNUstep is the Free Software Foundation's effort to implement NeXT Software Inc.'s OpenStep Standard. The project is not finished, however some components are useable now.

The GNUstep project consists of the following sub-projects:

  • GNU Objective C Compiler and Objective C Runtime Library - Although not actually a component of GNUstep, GCC and the GNU Objective C Runtime Library are integral to GNUstep, since they are used to make every GNU Objective C program.
  • GNUstep Base Library - Code for non-graphical objects, such as strings, collections, archiving support and distributed objects messaging. (Including functionality similar to OpenStep's `FoundationKit'.)
  • GNUstep GUI Library - Code for graphical objects used in making a Graphical User Interface (GUI). This includes buttons, sliders, text fields, windows, menus, etc. (Including functionality similar to OpenStep's `AppKit'.)
  • GNUstep DisplayGhostScript Server - A server that draws PostScript graphics to the screen, and receives events from the keyboard and mouse. It is based on GhostScript.
GNUstep Interface Modeller Application - An application for graphically assembling application interfaces.

Current Version:   0.5

License Type:   GPL

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Source Code Availability:   Yes

Available Binary Packages:

  • Debian Package:   No
  • RedHat RPM Package:   No
  • Other Packages:   ??

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Linux and other UN*X's

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