GNU Linux-libre 4.11-gnu is now available

Alexandre Oliva lxoliva at
Mon May 1 05:40:25 UTC 2017

GNU Linux-libre 4.11-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.

A larger than usual number of new drivers required deblobbing: Cavium
Crypto accelerator, Rockchip gpu, Netronome NFP 4000/6000 ethernet and
Silead touchscreen drivers.  In order to catch future blobs, I've added
.out and .nffw to the list of extensions regarded as suspected blobs,
which brought about a few false positives that had to be checked and
recognized as such.  Besides some movement in the source tree that
required adjustments to the Qualcomm peripheral blob loader, and some
blob names in the Chips&Media Coda media codecs that now have a
directory component, deblobbing maintenance was required in the
following usual suspects: AMD and Intel gpu, Atheros ath10k and wil6210
WiFi, Intel iwlwifi, and Intel Skylake audio drivers.  This release also
required recognizing a lot of new false positives, especially in new or
format-changed firmware-loading documentation.

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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 [...]

(snipped from Documentation/admin-guide/README.rst)

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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