Linux readme file

Alexandre Oliva lxoliva at
Wed Dec 29 08:31:16 UTC 2010

On Jul 10, 2010, Rubén Rodríguez <ruben at> wrote:

> The user lluvia at #trisquel just pointed me to the README file in the
> linux tree. It contains this description:

>   Linux is a clone of the operating system Unix, written from scratch by
>   Linus Torvalds with assistance from a loosely-knit team of hackers
>   across the Net. It aims towards POSIX and Single UNIX Specification
>   compliance.

> I think the deblobber should replace the README with something better,
> describing what linux-libre and GNU are.

Thanks for the suggestions.  Sorry that it took me so long to implement
it.  Here's what I've just added to deblob-2.6.37, in preparation for
the upcoming 2.6.37-libre (we can already deblob -rc8 into a clean,
working kernel, yay!)

grep -q Linux-libre README ||
clean_sed '
1,3 s,Linux kernel release.*kernel\.org.*,Linux-libre <>,
2,5 s,Linux version 2.6,Linux-libre,
1,20 s,\(operating system \)\?Unix,Unix kernel,
WHAT IS Linux-libre?\
  Linux-libre is a Free version of Linux (see below), suitable for\
  use with the GNU Operating System in 100% Free System Distributions.\\
  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.\\
  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.\
  Although the 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,\
  we encouraged and support efforts towards doing so.\
  Our mascot is Freedo, a light-blue penguin that has just come out\
  of the 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.\\

' README 'added blurb about Linux-libre'

Suggestions for improvement?

Alexandre Oliva, freedom fighter
You must be the change you wish to see in the world. -- Gandhi
Be Free! --   FSF Latin America board member
Free Software Evangelist      Red Hat Brazil Compiler Engineer

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