Blob-Free GNU Linux-libre 4.4 Kernel Released

Written by Michael Larabel in GNU on 11 January 2016 at 08:39 AM EST. 13 Comments
The latest Linux-libre kernel is now available for those wanting a fully de-blobbed Linux kernel that doesn't support drivers depending upon proprietary firmware/microcode or other non-free code.

Alexandre Oliva announced the GNU Linux-libre 4.4-gnu kernel a short time ago, derived from last night's release of the Linux 4.4 kernel.

While in some past Linux-libre release announcements they have been vocal about new drivers that are less than friendly towards fully-free systems, this time around Oliva noted, "There weren't any notable deblobbing changes for this release, just some code movement and a handful of new blob-requesting drivers: qed, fdp, nfcmrvl, rtl8xxxu, and rohm_bu21023."

If you want to try out this Free Software Foundation endorsed version of the Linux kernel, visit the FSFLA Linux-libre project site.
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