GNU Linux-libre 3.19-gnu is now available

Alexandre Oliva lxoliva at
Mon Feb 9 10:37:24 UTC 2015

GNU Linux-libre 3.19-gnu is out, in the form of deblobbing scripts and
deblobbed kernel sources.

As usual, we had to introduce deblobbing for some new drivers requesting
blobs, and patterns to accept various new blob- or blobname-looking code
fragments.  A few blob-requesting drivers were removed upstream, and the
scripts were changed to make up for it.

There were also various changes to the deblobbing scripts to catch
mistakes in clean_kconfig lines; they could in theory play a functional
role should one run deblob-3.19 without a corresponding deblob-check,
but this execution mode clearly has not been used in a long time, given
the number of mistakes and typos this tightening caught.

The implementation of blobhush is now officially on hold, as Rubén
Rodríguez Pérez, of Trisquel fame, suggested in private a newer and much
simpler method to accomplish the goal of stopping firmware requests from
inducing the installation of non-Free Software, at least on recent
kernels.  We are still working out the details, so stay tuned!

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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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