Fwd: Re: [gNewSense-users] freedom issues of debian's new kernel

Quiliro Ordóñez quiliro at congresolibre.org
Wed Mar 30 01:19:34 UTC 2011

Can anyone give some pointers about this?

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Asunto: 	Re: [gNewSense-users] (no subject)
Fecha: 	Wed, 30 Mar 2011 08:18:25 +1030
De: 	Karl Goetz <karl en kgoetz.id.au>
Para: 	gnewsense-users en nongnu.org

On Tue, 29 Mar 2011 11:42:41 -0300
"Emiliano M. Rudenick"<emilianorudenick en gmail.com>  wrote:

>  >  We don't have a free kernel in the archive yet, but you could
>  >  easily install linux-libre of your own accord.
>  >  thanks,
>  >  kk

>  The kernel that comes default in Debian Squeeze is completely free.

The kernel produced by linux-libre, and the kernel produced by debian
differ. This doesn't inherantly mean debians kernel is meant to
be non-free, but it does mean there is some confusion between the
projects which will have to be worked out. If we can use debians kernel
unaltered thats fantastic, but i'm still trying to find someone who
knows kernels (not me) to compare them and tell us if thats ok.

>  "Another first is the completely free Linux kernel, which no longer
>  contains problematic firmware files. These were split out into
>  separate packages and moved out of the Debian main archive into the
>  non-free area of our archive, which is not enabled by default. In
>  this way Debian users have the possibility of running a completely
>  free operating system, but may still choose to use non-free firmware
>  files if necessary."

Karl Goetz, (Kamping_Kaiser / VK5FOSS)
Debian contributor / gNewSense Maintainer
No, I won't join your social networking group

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