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GNU Linux-Libre 4.16 Kernel Officially Released for Those Who Seek 100% Freedom

Apr 02, 2018, 11:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Marius Nestor)

The GNU Linux-Libre 4.16 kernel is here for all those who seek 100% freedom for their personal computer and don't want to use any proprietary drivers. It brings all the goodies from the Linux 4.16 kernel, which was released over the weekend by Linus Torvalds himself, though it brings the usual deblobbing changes, as well as a slightly revamped request_firmware mechanism. Thanks to this important change, various AMD Radeon graphics cards might start working now, even if no workaround is in place at this time, as well as some Realtek RTL8821AE wireless cards, even if the firmware fails to load. Moreover, the GNU Linux-Libre 4.16 kernel release removes any error messages that would suggest users to update their Intel x86 CPU microcode, which isn't free software.

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