GNU Linux-libre 3.17-gnu is now available

Alexandre Oliva lxoliva at
Mon Oct 6 02:59:56 UTC 2014

This was a relatively short cycle, in which upstream put in a bunch of
new blobs we had to disable.  We had a couple of -rcs, so the final
3.17-gnu release was out not longer after upstream pushed out theirs.
However, 3 other stable releases pushed out today got this announcement
delayed; 3.16.4-gnu, 3.14.20-gnu, and 3.10.56-gnu are now available too.

'fraid 3.17-gnu still doesn't have blobhush support, the infrastructure
we have planned to enable blobs to be loaded without inducing users to
install them.  The death of a hard disk in my home cluster kept me busy
recovering from that failure for most of this release cycle :-(

Binary builds will be available over the new few days.  Speaking of
which, as of last Friday, we have a new Yeeloong up and running, kindly
offered by the FSF (thanks!), so mipsel builds for gNewSense/Yeeloong
have resumed.  Builds to catch up with the backlog are underway.

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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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