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GNU Linux-libre 4.18-gnu

From: Alexandre Oliva
Subject: GNU Linux-libre 4.18-gnu
Date: Sun, 12 Aug 2018 21:11:18 -0300
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/26.1 (gnu/linux)

GNU Linux-libre 4.18-gnu sources and tarballs are now available at
It didn't require any deblobbing changes since -rc6-gnu.  Binaries are
expected to show up over the next few days.

Two new drivers had blob requests and were cleaned up (psp-dev crypto
and icn8505 touchscreen), one was removed (atom isp), plenty needed

There are some new firmware loading interfaces starting with
firmware_request (rather than request_firmware).  The deblob-check
script was adjusted to look for uses thereof.  firwmare_request_nowarn
is one of the new interfaces, and it almost looks like we could use it,
since it doesn't log any errors if the firmware is not there, but it
still looks for and asks for non-Free Software, so I decided to disable
it just like request_firmware.

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Be Free! with GNU Linux-libre.

What is GNU Linux-libre?

  GNU Linux-libre is a Free version of the kernel Linux (see below),
  suitable for use with the GNU Operating System in 100% Free
  GNU/Linux-libre System Distributions.

  It removes non-Free components from Linux, that are disguised as
  source code or distributed in separate files.  It also disables
  run-time requests for non-Free components, shipped separately or as
  part of Linux, and documentation pointing to them, so as to avoid
  (Free-)baiting users into the trap of non-Free Software.

  Linux-libre started within the gNewSense GNU/Linux distribution.
  It was later adopted by Jeff Moe, who coined its name, and in 2008
  it became a project maintained by FSF Latin America.  In 2012, it
  became part of the GNU Project.

  The GNU Linux-libre project takes a minimal-changes approach to
  cleaning up Linux, making no effort to substitute components that
  need to be removed with functionally equivalent Free ones.
  Nevertheless, we encourage and support efforts towards doing so.

  Our mascot is Freedo, a light-blue penguin that has just come out
  of the shower.  Although we like penguins, GNU is a much greater
  contribution to the entire system, so its mascot deserves more
  promotion.  See our web page for their images.

What is Linux?

  Linux is a clone of the Unix kernel [...]

(snipped from Documentation/admin-guide/README.rst)

Alexandre Oliva, freedom fighter
Be the change, be Free!         FSF Latin America board member
GNU Toolchain Engineer                Free Software Evangelist

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