GNU Linux-libre 4.10-gnu is now available

Alexandre Oliva lxoliva at
Mon Feb 20 02:31:28 UTC 2017

GNU Linux-libre 4.10-gnu sources and tarballs are now available at
It didn't require any deblobbing changes since -rc7-gnu.  Binaries are
expected to show up over the next few days.

This was a slow release, in terms of deblobbing changes.  There were new
false positives all over the tree, as usual, and a few version bumps in
blob names.  There's one new driver (st_fdma) that requires blobs, and
one removed driver (STE-Modem) that used to require them.  GPU drivers
remain as the most frequent offenders for new blobs: i915, adreno,
amdgpu and radeon all introduced new blob requirements for (presumably)
previously-unsupported hardware variants.

One notable change, that may affect some build systems, is that README
and other text files that are often packaged even in binary packages
moved into the Documentation subtree.

Another notable change is that I added a pattern to catch iwlwifi blob
name prefixes, when I noticed I almost released 4.10-rc6-gnu without
cleaning up two occurrences of such partial blob names.  They wouldn't
have enabled the corresponding blobs to be loaded, but they might have
shown up in error messages, which is undesirable.

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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.

What is Linux?

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

(this would have been in Documentation/admin-guide/README.rst, in the
 source distribution of GNU Linux-libre, if it weren't for a bug in the
 README-handling changes to deblob-4.10, that I only noticed now that
 the release is out.  Oh well.  That will be fixed 4.10.1-gnu.)

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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