GNU Linux-libre 6.6-gnu

Freedo freedo at
Mon Oct 30 07:52:33 UTC 2023

Hey, everyone!  Good morning!

This is Freedo, the spokespenguin for the GNU Linux-libre project.

GNU Linux-libre 6.6-gnu is ready!

tags {scripts,sources,logs}/v6.6-gnu

Scripts for the 6.6-gnu series were first published for rc7, about a
week ago, and haven't needed changes since.

Coming very soon:


-- compressed tarballs

-- incremental patches

Coming soonish: (upstream released later than usual, my tutors need to sleep)

- Freesh (.deb) binaries

- RPMFreedom (.rpm) binaries

# Artwork

We have some obvious ideas for the upcoming 6.6.6-gnu, but for 6.6-gnu,
we weren't sure which route to take, whether the obvious Route 66 or
something about aliens in Area 66.  Jason went for both.

I look so respectable in a lab coat, but my friends got a flying saucer
baloon and funny alien penguin costumes.  Just in time for Halloween!
Hey, did you know that Saint iGNUcius made his debut on Halloween?


The road sign was custom-made for the picture, including the graffiti.

No penguin was abducted in the making of the picture.

# Cleaning up changes

- Upstream changes to x86 microcode loaders, Intel avs, Werror handling,
and rpm spec file changes required adjustments to the cleaning up.

- New drivers for TI gigabit RU ethernet, MediaTek 792x wifi, Cirrus
Logic cs42l43 mfd, cs35l56 HD-audio side codec, and aw88261 SoC audio
needed cleaning up.

- New blob names were added to Qualcomm AArch64 dts files, to the ivpu
accelerator, to several bluetooth drivers, to the x86 touchscreen
driver, and to Qualcomm Venus V4L2 video encoder/decoder.

For fresh news about GNU Linux-libre, follow me in the Fediverse.

My tutors are also on IRC: #gnu-linux-libre on

That was all, everyone.  Be Free! with GNU Linux-libre.

*waves wings*

# Rolling credits

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  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)

Freedo, GNU Linux-libre's Mascot and Spokespenguin

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