100 % free Linux distributions
Jul 04, 2010, 22:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jack Wallen)
"On this, July 4, 2010, the day the United States celebrates the
signing of the Declaration of Independence, I thought I would take
a moment to celebrate that same day with a toast to those Linux
distributions that shirk all non-free software. This means
EVERYTHING on these distributions is protected under, at least, the
"There aren't tons of these distributions and some of them are
threatened, daily, to disappear from lack of support. So it is my
honor to hopefully introduce the Ghacks audience to these
"There is a common feeling among the GNU community that if you
are going to opt for an operating system that offers you freedom
from the "tyranny" of proprietary software, you should do so from
top to bottom. There are a lot of Linux distributions out there and
not all of them are 100% free. Take Ubuntu Linux for example.
Install a little application called Virtual Richard M. Stallman
(vrms) to find out all of the non-free software installed. On my
Ubuntu 10.04 system I have:
* 4 non-free packages, 0.2% of 2069 installed packages.
* 3 contrib packages, 0.1% of 2069 installed packages."