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  • GNU Linux-libre 4.18-gnu Released As The Latest Deblobbed Kernel

    Phoronix: GNU Linux-libre 4.18-gnu Released As The Latest Deblobbed Kernel

    Hot off the release of the upstream Linux 4.18 kernel, the GNU folks have released GNU Linux-libre 4.18-gnu that is their deblobbed version that strips out any "non-free" device driver support, removes the ability to load binary-only kernel modules and not being able to load firmware blobs either...

    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...-4.18-Released

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    A new firmware loading interface was also removed from this kernel since it could be loading non-free-software.
    Sounds like "freedom" to me to prevent the user from loading "non-free" software if they want to.

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    • #3
      Two people using this Kernel... the guy who forked it... and santa clause

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      • #4
        It's actually pretty helpful that you can't be tricked by non-free drivers/firmware into tainting your kernel. Not many of us run a true FOSS OS. After 27 years there is still a long way to go.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Candy View Post
          Two people using this Kernel... the guy who forked it... and santa clause
          Don't forget RS

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          • #6
            Works well for me. Lightweight, easy to compile and install, if you've got the right hardware for it.

            Michael - one of these days I'm going to do benchmarks on the same system with and without the Libre kernel. I notice that its quite responsive, I'm wondering if it will give different or even better results in some tests.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Britoid View Post

              Sounds like "freedom" to me to prevent the user from loading "non-free" software if they want to.
              You have the source, you have the freedom to put all of the hooks into place for proprietary software if you want.

              I don't understand comments like yours. The whole point of the linux-libre project is to make a version of the Linux kernel that doesn't connect to any proprietary modules. What did you expect them to do, instead?

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