GNU Linux-libre 3.16-gnu is now available

Alexandre Oliva lxoliva at
Fri Aug 8 02:45:55 UTC 2014

I managed to complete updating the deblobbing scripts for 3.16 this
morning, and now I'm ready to announce that GNU Linux-libre 3.16-gnu is
available for general use at and mirrors.

It was a particularly difficult release, not just because of the very
many blobs and blob requests and false positives that had to be dealt
with, but because I had to deal with them at the very end of the release
cycle and while tracking down disk corruption on my primary home server,
caused by a memory upgrade that brought a faulty memory module with it.

That's part of the reason why it was late, and why it still doesn't have
the “blobhush” infrastructure, that will eventually enable blobs to be
loaded if they're installed, but in a way that won't induce users to
install them.

Anyway, the sources are out now; expect ready-to-use binary builds for
various targets in the next few days.

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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.

  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.  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.

  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.


  Linux is a clone of the Unix kernel [...]

(snipped from the README in the source distribution of GNU Linux-libre)

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 Brasil GNU Toolchain Engineer

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