12.3.2 Free Software Foundation
At this time there is no formal connection between Debian and the Free Software
Foundation. However, the Free Software Foundation is responsible for some of
the most important software components in Debian, including the GNU C compiler,
GNU Emacs, and much of the C run-time library that is used by all programs on
the system. FSF pioneered much of what free software is today: they wrote the
General Public License that is used on much of the Debian software, and they
invented the "GNU" project to create an entirely free Unix system.
Debian should be considered a descendent of the GNU system.
FSF can be reached at: