[Fsf-friends] FSF announces release of gNewSense 1.0

Debarshi 'Rishi' Ray debarshi.ray@[EMAIL-PROTECTED]
Fri Nov 3 01:31:52 IST 2006

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From: John Sullivan <johns at fsf.org>
Date: 02-Nov-2006 17:07
Subject: FSF announces release of gNewSense 1.0
To: gnu-prog at gnu.org

BOSTON, November 2, 2006 - Free Software Foundation announces release of
gNewSense version 1.0.

(Screenshots available at http://www.fsf.org/news/gnewsense)

gNewSense (http://www.gnewsense.org) is a free software GNU/Linux distribution
created by two Irish free software advocates, Brian Brazil and Paul O'Malley,
and is based on the Ubuntu and Debian distributions. The goal of gNewSense is
to provide users with a software package that offers the stability of Ubuntu
with the addition of freedom.

In announcing the release of version 1.0, the gNewSense developers stated,
â€œFrom a philosophical perspective we wanted to create a GNU/Linux
where the user has access to all the sources for all software on the system.
This includes everything from the heart of the kernel through to the everyday
desktop applications."

With the avowed goal of providing a completely free distribution - one without
non-free kernel binary "blobs" or any other non-free software, the Free
Software Foundation has announced sponsorship of the project. Ted Teah, FSF's
free software directory maintainer explained, "With all the kernel firmware and
restricted repositories removed, and the reliance on Ubuntu's proprietary
distribution management tool gone, this distribution is the most advanced
GNU/Linux distribution that has a commitment to be 100% free."

gNewSense will provide users with full security updates and is available for
immediate download in LiveCD ISO format along with a version of the Ubiquity
graphical installer. Furthermore, the gNewSense team has created a set of
software called Builder which allows users to create their own gNewSense-based
distributions. gNewSense provides detailed instructions on how to use the
software and the recipe to roll out a customized distro.

The Free Software Foundation is providing the gNewSense team with a high end
build machine (running with a free BIOS), with bandwidth and with assistance in
developing artwork. The FSF plans to aid widespread adoption of the
distribution and, with the release of gNewSense 1.0, is making a call for
volunteers who have the skills to act as the following:

*  Developers;
*  Website Maintainers;
*  Graphic Artists;
*  Freedom verifiers to monitor package additions and mailing lists;
*  Documentation Writers.

To volunteer, please, sign on at irc.freenode.net and /join #gnewsense.
You can also join the mailing list via the project website


About the Free Software Foundation

The Free Software Foundation, founded in 1985, is dedicated to promoting
computer users' right to use, study, copy, modify, and redistribute
computer programs. The FSF promotes the development and use of free (as
in freedom) software - particularly the GNU operating system and its
GNU/Linux variants - and free documentation for free software. The FSF
also helps to spread awareness of the ethical and political issues of
freedom in the use of software. Their Web site, located at www.fsf.org,
is an important source of information about GNU/Linux. Donations to
support their work can be made at http://fsf.org/join They are
headquartered in Boston, MA, USA.

Press contact:
To schedule an interview with the developers of gNewSense, please
contact Ted Teah at the Free Software Foundation (+1 617-542-5942) or
Peter Brown (+1 617-542-5942) or email pr at fsf.org

John Sullivan
Program Administrator        | Phone: (617)542-5942 x23
51 Franklin Street, 5th Fl.  | Fax:   (617)542-2652
Boston, MA 02110-1301 USA    | GPG:   AE8600B6


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