>> In its early days, the GNU project was forced to focus on a small number of absolutely crucial projects; that is why the first program released under the GNU umbrella was Emacs.
> Bwahaha. I suspect more significant here was that Emacs already existed (and was the trigger for the whole thing).
> Everything else released early on was pretty crucial infrastructural OS-core stuff.
It should be mentioned that FSF-paid developers, including Roland, were initially developing libc for the GNU operating system, aka. GNU/Hurd. The Linux "port" came later with the work of Ulrich Drepper and others.