Free as in free-software-only distro
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.