[Fsf-friends] FSF announces release of gNewSense 1.0
Wed Nov 8 13:34:01 IST 2006
2006/11/3, Debarshi 'Rishi' Ray <debarshi.ray at gmail.com>:
> BOSTON, November 2, 2006 - Free Software Foundation announces release of
> gNewSense version 1.0.
> (Screenshots available at http://www.fsf.org/news/gnewsense)
Mark Pilgrim has written about gNewSense GNU/Linux and he explains why it is
"Besides the separate repositories, the "binary blobs" in question are
primarily drivers in the kernel which are distributed under non-free
licenses or which have unclear licensing terms. Debian has been struggling
with this issue <http://wiki.debian.org/KernelFirmwareLicensing> and has
decided to allow such drivers to ship in Debian Etch (due to be released
Real Soon Now). Ubuntu also ships with a tainted
kernel<http://www.tux.org/lkml/#s1-18>and a "restricted" repository
that contains Canonical-supported non-free
video drivers for ATI and nVidia cards. gNewSense rejects all such drivers
and ships a kernel which is 100% Free Software, no matter how useless that
may be in the real world. The gNewSense maintainers apparently feel that
saying you're "a little bit non-free" is akin to saying you're "a little bit
pregnant." Close doesn't count, and even if people don't notice the
difference today, they'll definitely notice it nine months from now."
"Value your freedom, or you will lose it, teaches history.
`Don't bother us with politics', respond those who don't want to learn."
-- Richard Stallman
Me scribbles at http://www.pravi.co.nr
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