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Eight Completely Free Linux Distros (And One More)

Jan 25, 2011, 18:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

"All Linux distributions are supposed to be free, but some distributions are freer than others. Because some gaps remain in free software functionality, many distributions, including Ubuntu, include proprietary applications, such as Acrobat and Flash readers, and drivers for video and wireless cards. Many more include Linux kernels with proprietary firmware for device drivers.

"Among the hundreds of distributions, only eight are officially recognized by the Free Software Foundation as being completely free of proprietary material.

"Mostly based on Debian or Ubuntu, and often South American or Spanish in origin, these distros often lag behind the most popular ones in the software they include. Sometimes, too, they lag in functionality -- for instance, they include the Gnash Flash-player, which is still not a complete replacement for Adobe's Flash player."

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