Which firmware and software is removed from Linux-Libre?

Michał Masłowski mtjm at mtjm.eu
Thu Jan 19 20:34:20 UTC 2012

> Is it possible to have a list of software and firmware that is removed
> from Linux-Libre? That way we could ask for an lspci -vmmnn or other
> operating system vendor_id:device_id to verify before even booting with
> GNU/Linux-Libre

[0] is the canonical resource for that.

I'm not sure what such verification would be useful for.

The drivers have their lists of supported vendor_id:device_id, there is
no simple way to check if a device will work without the removed
firmware without using it (otherwise Linux-libre binaries built by
Alexandre would probably not include these broken drivers).

I know two cases of drivers partially working without the firmware.  X11
on machines with Radeon GPUs works better with some devices when using
the deblobbed kernel module, on some others it doesn't work with it.
There is a wired Ethernet driver working without firmware, but I don't
remember its name.

Checking on h-node.com can show more problems, like devices without
drivers also in blobbed Linux (or drivers which need nonfree userspace
drivers, like some printers).

[0] http://www.fsfla.org/svnwiki/selibre/linux-libre/download/releases/LATEST-3.2.N/linux-3.2.1-libre.log
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