gNewSense 3.1 Available For Free Software Purists
Written by Michael Larabel in Operating Systems on 9 February 2014 at 09:00 PM EST. 4 Comments
The latest release of the FSF-sponsored gNewSense Linux distribution is now available for those that can get by without needing any binary blobs for their hardware drivers or non-free software.

The gNewSense 3.1 release was announced Sunday by Sam Geeraerts as a minor update. The gNewSense 3.1 update has some NetworkManager, repository, and installer fixes. Details about today's gNewSense Linux distribution update can be found at

The gNewSense operating system continues to be one of the most pure free software platforms as its Debian base drops non-free software repositories, avoids trademark issues, and the real issue preventing it from working nicely for many users is the stripping away of non-free firmware from the Linux kernel. For a while there wasn't even Mesa in gNewSense but at least that's in good standing now. The updated Linux distribution can be downloaded at

About The Author
Author picture

Michael Larabel is the principal author of and founded the site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and automated benchmarking software. He can be followed via Twitter or contacted via

Related Operating Systems News
Popular News
Trending Reviews & Featured Articles