"When and why was GNUe started?
In July 1999, GNU G/L and Obelisk, both projects to create a Free
Software ERP solution (and both without any line of code at that
time) merged together under the name GNU Enterprise.
"The reason to start this project was simple: to build a real
Free Software ERP solution. However, the focus of the project has
later shifted from creating a turnkey ERP solution to building a
toolset that should allow the flexible and fast building of
database applications. Platform and database backend independence
has always been a major goal in the project..."