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Free as in free-software-only distro

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Ubuntu is a great distro. I use it, love it, advocate it, you name it. It has top-notch hardware recognition, easy to use tools, excellent package management, smooth installation process(es), and cool looking GUIs. There is just one problem with it. It’s not 100% free. They don’t claim to, in case anyone wondered.

So now, a new fork of Ubuntu has arrived, called Gnewsense which takes Ubuntu, strip it from all the non-free/restricted/proprietary parts and voila! 100% free software GNU/Linux distro. It would probably have a lot of difficulties and problems that Ubuntu managed to avoid by using the non-free parts, but freedom was never easy. I’ll try it on the ole laptop, since I don’t think it will work on the desktop, due to those exact issues. But, its one project I’m keeping my eye on and fingers crossed for.


Written by Erez

Friday, November 3, 2006 at 23:34

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