GNU Linux-libre 4.17-gnu Kernel Released

Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Kernel on 4 June 2018 at 08:59 AM EDT. Add A Comment
Based on yesterday's upstream Linux 4.17 kernel release, the FSF-approved GNU Linux-libre 4.17-gnu kernel is now available for a fully free software kernel on capable hardware configurations.

The GNU Linux-libre kernel continues focusing upon de-blobbing drivers or stripping out drivers where it depends upon closed-source firmware/microcode images as well as disabling support for loading closed-source kernel modules.

With the GNU Linux-libre 4.17-gnu kernel update, there are adjustments to their patches to work against this latest upstream, but no major de-blobbing changes or other alterations. The only noted change is that the driver for Dreamcast Yamaha AICA sound hardware no longer needs to be de-blobbed since the firmware is now free software.

The brief GNU Linux-libre 4.17 kernel announcement can be read on the GNU mailing list.
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