Subject: GNU Linux-libre 4.0-gnu is now available
Date: Monday 13th April 2015 04:28:42 UTC (over 2 years ago)
GNU Linux-libre 4.0-gnu sources and tarballs are now available at http://linuxlibre.org/pub/linux-libre/releases/4.0-gnu. There were no deblobbing changes since the last -rc. There weren't very many deblobbing changes needed for this release. Aside from the usual assortment of false positives, the nouveau tree was significantly reorganized, which made up the bulk of the changes to the deblobbing scripts. Aside from that, two new drivers appeared to require deblobbing, but in the end they were mostly fine: - the driver for the Cyapa I2C trackpad allows users to initiate firmware updates, supplying a filename through IIRC a /sys interface. I could not locate firmware for it to check licensing terms and source code availability, but we don't normally disable this sort of request: it is user initiated, and the filename is supplied by the user, so it has no potential for inducing the installation of non-Free Software. So, the only cleaning up of this driver was an unused default (?) blob (?) filename, apparently a left-over from a different blob update strategy or somesuch. Just in case the code is changed to use it in future releases ;-) - The IIO driver for the Samsung ssp_sensors sensorhub also contains filenames that appear to refer to pieces of firmware, also presumably non-Free (I couldn't locate them either), but I couldn't find any actual uses of the filenames. I've also conservatively cleaned them up. And that was it. No new mandatory blobs and one fewer blob-demanding driver (the deprecated tlg2300 driver was removed upstream) is a good thing, right, so let's celebrate GNU Linux-libre 4.0-gnu! For up-to-the-minute news, join us on #linux-libre of irc.gnu.org (Freenode), or follow me (@lxoliva) on Twister <http://twister.net.co/> or pump.io <http://identi.ca/lxoliva/>. Be Free! with GNU Linux-libre. WHAT IS GNU Linux-libre? GNU Linux-libre is a Free version of the kernel Linux (see below), suitable for use with the GNU Operating System in 100% Free GNU/Linux-libre System Distributions. http://www.gnu.org/distros/ It removes non-Free components from Linux, that are disguised as source code or distributed in separate files. It also disables run-time requests for non-Free components, shipped separately or as part of Linux, and documentation pointing to them, so as to avoid (Free-)baiting users into the trap of non-Free Software. http://www.fsfla.org/anuncio/2010-11-Linux-2.6.36-libre-debait Linux-libre started within the gNewSense GNU/Linux distribution. It was later adopted by Jeff Moe, who coined its name, and in 2008 it became a project maintained by FSF Latin America. In 2012, it became part of the GNU Project. The GNU Linux-libre project takes a minimal-changes approach to cleaning up Linux, making no effort to substitute components that need to be removed with functionally equivalent Free ones. Nevertheless, we encourage and support efforts towards doing so. http://libreplanet.org/wiki/LinuxLibre:Devices_that_require_non-free_firmware Our mascot is Freedo, a light-blue penguin that has just come out of the shower. Although we like penguins, GNU is a much greater contribution to the entire system, so its mascot deserves more promotion. See our web page for their images. http://linux-libre.fsfla.org/ WHAT IS LINUX? Linux is a clone of the Unix kernel [...] (snipped from the README in the source distribution of GNU Linux-libre) -- Alexandre Oliva, freedom fighter http://FSFLA.org/~lxoliva/ You must be the change you wish to see in the world. -- Gandhi Be Free! -- http://FSFLA.org/ FSF Latin America board member Free Software Evangelist|Red Hat Brasil GNU Toolchain Engineer -- If you have a working or partly working program that you'd like to offer to the GNU project as a GNU package, see https://www.gnu.org/help/evaluation.html.