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Linux.com: gNewSense Joins List of FSF-Approved Distros

Nov 13, 2006, 22:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

"If users look beyond the splash screens and other branding, they will find almost nothing in the recently announced gNewSense distribution that is not already available in the Ubuntu Dapper Drake release. In fact, according to Brian Brazil and Paul O'Malley, the Irish free software advocates behind the distribution, users may find that gNewSense detects less of their hardware than Ubuntu does--particularly their wireless cards. So why would anyone use gNewSense?

"The answer is not technical so much as political. Unlike most distributions, the goal of gNewSense is not usability or any other technical issue, but to offer a GNU/Linux distribution that contains only free software. The pursuit of this goal means removing non-free firmware from the Linux kernel, and not linking to non-free package repositories..."

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