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Re: [gNewSense-users] Suitability of the Debian Squeeze (and later) Linu
Re: [gNewSense-users] Suitability of the Debian Squeeze (and later) Linux kernel for gNewSense. Was (no subject)
Thu, 31 Mar 2011 20:52:39 +0100
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Karl Goetz wrote:
> On Tue, 29 Mar 2011 11:42:41 -0300
> "Emiliano M. Rudenick" <address@hidden> wrote:
>>> We don't have a free kernel in the archive yet, but you could
>>> easily install linux-libre of your own accord.
>> The kernel that comes default in Debian Squeeze is completely free.
> The kernel produced by linux-libre, and the kernel produced by debian
> differ. This doesn't inherantly mean debians kernel is meant to
> be non-free, but it does mean there is some confusion between the
> projects which will have to be worked out. If we can use debians kernel
> unaltered thats fantastic, but i'm still trying to find someone who
> knows kernels (not me) to compare them and tell us if thats ok.
AFAICT, the Debian kernel complies with the DFSG (or is extremely
close). However, it retains drivers that require a firmware in order to
be functional and where no free firmware currently exists for them. So
if you don't considered Debian to be a "Free GNU/Linux distribution"
then, I think, you won't considered the Debian kernel to be suitable for
>> "Another first is the completely free Linux kernel, which no longer
>> contains problematic firmware files. These were split out into
>> separate packages and moved out of the Debian main archive into the
>> non-free area of our archive, which is not enabled by default. In
>> this way Debian users have the possibility of running a completely
>> free operating system, but may still choose to use non-free firmware
>> files if necessary."
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