GNU Linux-libre 5.19-gnu (Uhura)
lxoliva at fsfla.org
Sun Jul 31 23:12:03 UTC 2022
GNU Linux-libre 5.19-gnu cleaning-up scripts, cleaned-up sources, and
cleaning-up logs (including tarball signatures) are now available from
our git-based release archive git://linux-libre.fsfla.org/releases.git/
Compressed tarballs and incremental patches will soon also available at
The cleanup scripts are unchanged aside for a typo fix since rc5, the
first in this cycle. Jason Self and I picked a new image from his
beautiful Freedo-and-GNU-themed artwork collection for this release,
check it out at https://linux-libre.fsfla.org/#news or the whole
collection at https://jxself.org/git/?p=freedo.git;a=tree
This release is codenamed Uhura in memory of Nichelle Nichols. Her Star
Trek character, and thus this release, are named after the word for
freedom in Swahili.
Freesh and RPMFreedom, the distributions of .deb and .rpm packages of
GNU Linux-libre maintained by Jason Self, are expected to have binaries
of 5.19-gnu available eventually. Jason is taking well-deserved
vacations, so that may take a bit longer than usual. Thanks, Jason!
The ATM Ambassador driver was removed upstream, so we could drop the
corresponding cleaning up logic. HDCP helper and Mellanox Core cleaning
up bits were split into their newly-introduced separate kconfig
identifiers, out of Direct Rendering Management and Mellanox Spectrum.
A couple of new drivers required cleaning up: pureLiFi X/XL/XC and TI
AMx3 Wkup-M3 IPC. Silicon Labs WFX graduated out of the upstream
staging area, in spite of still requiring cleaning up.
Various preexisting drivers needed adjustments to their cleaning up
logic, mainly out of new blob versions or names: amdgpu, Qualcomm WCNSS
PIL, Realtek Bluetooth, Mellanox Spectrum, Marvell WiFi-Ex, and Intel
AVS, IFS and ipu3-imgu. Blobs requested through several new devicetree
files for Qualcomm AArch64 SoCs have been cleaned up.
New patterns have been added to our blob finder to match and accept a
new file naming convention adopted by Sound Open Firmware.
For up-to-the-minute news, join us on IRC (#gnu-linux-libre on
libera.chat). I often mention our releases on P2P or federated social
media as well. The link in my email signature has directions.
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.
If you are the author of an awesome program and want to join us in
writing Free (libre) Software, please consider making it an official
GNU program and become a GNU Maintainer. You can find instructions
on how to do so at https://www.gnu.org/help/evaluation. We look
forward to hacking with you! :)
What is Linux?
Linux is a clone of the Unix kernel [...]
(snipped from Documentation/admin-guide/README.rst)
Alexandre Oliva, happy hacker https://FSFLA.org/blogs/lxo/
Free Software Activist GNU Toolchain Engineer
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