GNU Terry Pratchett
What is GNU Terry Pratchett?
With the sad passing of Sir Terry Pratchett on the 12th March 2015, many of those with a website or online presence have chosen to honour him by adding some specific code to their website.
This is a reference to the story of John Dearheart or more specifically his death, where other characters ensured that his soul continued “living on in the overhead” by sending a code around their communication system known as the “clacks”. As a result, a message would appear in the clacks followed by the name GNU John Dearheart.
Redditors (those who use the social platform - Reddit) decided that the same immortality should be extended to Sir Terry Pratchett. Taking advantage of the way data is passed to from websites to web browsers and other software, a short snippet of code has been written to pass the text "GNU Terry Pratchett" to anyone who requests information from those websites.
How do i add GNU Terry Pratchett to my website?
If you have access to the .htaccess file and an FTP client, you can add the following to the top of the file:
We have chosen to add this code to our website as a way to show our respect for the great contribution that Sir Terry Pratchett has provided to the Fantasy Genre over the years, and that of the wider world of literature.