Yesterday in Taiwan, Richard Stallman said it is
pronounced, but I disagree. He talked about the
etymology of the name. There had been a series of
FINE, SINE programs, meaning this program Is Not
Emacs. So he started working down the alphabet
looking for Something Not Unix and found GNU.
There apparently had previously been pop culture
plays on the pronunciation of gnu and seeing it's
20 years since the platform got going it is not
'new' anymore. That was basically his case.
My argument for not pronouncing the G is that we
need to stop an infinite regress. Or is it Gs all
the way down?
What does the G in GNU stand for? If it doesn't
stand for anything, then silence is the
appropriate pronunciation. If it stands for gnu,
a gnu, or anything else, ie if the name really
means A gnu (Entity X) is not Unix, the joke
isn't so funny.