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[GNU/FSF Press] Press release: FSF announces release of gNewSense 1.0

From: Peter Brown
Subject: [GNU/FSF Press] Press release: FSF announces release of gNewSense 1.0
Date: Thu, 02 Nov 2006 06:37:03 -0500

BOSTON, November 2, 2006 - Free Software Foundation announces release of
gNewSense version 1.0.

(Screenshots available at

gNewSense ( is a free software GNU/Linux
distribution created by two Irish free software advocates, Brian Brazil
and Paul O'Malley, and is based on the Ubuntu and Debian distributions.
The goal of gNewSense is to provide users with a software package that
offers the stability of Ubuntu with the addition of freedom.

In announcing the release of version 1.0, the gNewSense developers
stated, “From a philosophical perspective we wanted to create a
GNU/Linux distribution where the user has access to all the sources for
all software on the system. This includes everything from the heart of
the kernel through to the everyday desktop applications."  

With the avowed goal of providing a completely free distribution - one
without non-free kernel binary "blobs" or any other non-free software,
the Free Software Foundation has announced sponsorship of the project.
Ted Teah, FSF's free software directory maintainer explained, "With all
the kernel firmware and restricted repositories removed, and the
reliance on Ubuntu's proprietary distribution management tool Launchpad
gone, this distribution is the most advanced GNU/Linux distribution that
has a commitment to be 100% free." 

gNewSense will provide users with full security updates and is available
for immediate download in LiveCD ISO format along with a version of the
Ubiquity graphical installer. Furthermore, the gNewSense team has
created a set of software called Builder which allows users to create
their own gNewSense-based distributions.  gNewSense provides detailed
instructions on how to use the software and the recipe to roll out a
customized distro.

The Free Software Foundation is providing the gNewSense team with a high
end build machine (running with a free BIOS), with bandwidth and with
assistance in developing artwork. The FSF plans to aid widespread
adoption of the distribution and, with the release of gNewSense 1.0, is
making a call for volunteers who have the skills to act as the

*  Developers;
*  Website Maintainers;
*  Graphic Artists;
*  Freedom verifiers to monitor package additions and mailing lists;
*  Documentation Writers.

To volunteer, please, sign on at and /join #gnewsense.
You can also join the mailing list via the project website


About the Free Software Foundation

The Free Software Foundation, founded in 1985, is dedicated to promoting
computer users' right to use, study, copy, modify, and redistribute
computer programs. The FSF promotes the development and use of free (as
in freedom) software - particularly the GNU operating system and its
GNU/Linux variants - and free documentation for free software. The FSF
also helps to spread awareness of the ethical and political issues of
freedom in the use of software. Their Web site, located at,
is an important source of information about GNU/Linux. Donations to
support their work can be made at They are
headquartered in Boston, MA, USA.

Press contact:
To schedule an interview with the developers of gNewSense, please
contact Ted Teah at the Free Software Foundation (+1 617-542-5942) or
Peter Brown (+1 617-542-5942) or email address@hidden

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