GNU Linux-libre 3.19 Kernel Deblobs More Drivers
Written by Michael Larabel in GNU on 9 February 2015 at 10:34 AM EST. 15 Comments
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Following yesterday's release of the Linux 3.19 kernel is the newest version of the GNU Linux-libre kernel that strips out kernel functionality dependent on binary-only microcode/firmware images.

The GNU Linux-libre 3.19 kernel that's blessed by the Free Software Foundation continues "deblobbing" more kernel modules -- primarily drivers -- that ship with re-distributable but binary-only firmware.

The Linux-libre 3.19 kernel changes include "Deblobbed sti (gpu), mn88472 and mn88473 (dvb), ELAN (touchpad), me4000, wd719x, rt5677, and Intel SST IPC drivers. Updated deblobbing of tlg2300, brcmfmac_sdio, ath10k. Dropped deblobbing of bcm_wimax, removed upstream. Added new blob name patterns for adreno gpu, m88ds3103, mwifiex usb, and matches for various new false positives. Non-functional changes: standardized formatting of clean_kconfig and clean_mk commands in deblob-3.19; check that the Kconfig file given to clean_kconfig contains the named config tag, and fixed the various typos it caught. Improved EXTRAVERSION -gnuification to ensure there is a blank after '='."

Aside from stripping out the blobs, this kernel has the same functionality as the upstream Linux 3.19 kernel, with its many features and changes.

This free-software-only kernel can be downloaded as always from the project site of the Free Software Foundation Latin America.
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