The list is rather big. However, many of those projects were put voluntarily under the GNU umbrella. They were not developed by GNU.
The vast majority of Linux distributions are very closely tied with GNU. Remove GNU from Fedora or Ubuntu and they will not boot. Making them boot again would be quite a lot of work.
My point was that just because somebody doesn't start bash and go sed-ing and grep-ing their way through source code, doesn't mean that they don't depend on GNU software every day.
A GNU fork to a more flexible umbrella ?
BSD is almost completely free from GNU. I think gdb and ld are the only GNU components remaining ... and LLVM has infant projects for these two (not sure if BSD will pick them up though).
Admittedly, the newer BSD tools have less features and some even had performance problems (e.g. like BSD grep), but they're maturing :)
BSD code will live on to solve real problems in corporate, government, academic and open source environments (and already has). I mean, imagine the applications of LAPACK and BLAS (used by everyone) for example ... now try imagining the same for GSL.
took me... idk 7 weeks avg 1-2 max3 days a week couple hours a day (most of it was reading syscall codes and standards)
for a better programer then me ?
other GNU programs probably need years, but coreutils/binutils probably dont
Here though lies a true statement: Most GUIs that are pleasant to 99.999% of human beings are 99.999% unpleasant to people that actually want to get something real done.