Synonyms for gnewsense or Related words with gnewsense
Examples of "gnewsense"
The project was launched by Brian Brazil and Paul O'Malley in 2006.
was originally based on Ubuntu. Since the 1.0 release, the Free Software Foundation assists
is a computer operating system based on Debian, and developed with sponsorship from the Free Software Foundation. Its goal is user-friendliness, but with all proprietary (e.g. binary blobs) and non-free software removed. The Free Software Foundation considers
to be composed entirely of free software.
With no releases in two years, on 8 August 2011, DistroWatch classified
as "dormant". By September 2012 DistroWatch had changed the status to "active" again, and on 6 August 2013, the first version directly based on Debian,
3 "Parkes", was released.
Non-free software repositories are not provided by the
project, and most non-free documentation and artwork have been removed. While it was based on Ubuntu, the "Universe" package repository was enabled by default. In order to avoid trademark problems that stem from the modification of Mozilla Firefox,
1.1 rebranded it as "BurningDog". BurningDog likewise does not offer to install non-free plugins for various web media, such as Adobe Flash.
2.0 abandoned BurningDog and adopted the Epiphany web browser (later renamed simply "Web"), a component of GNOME, as its default browser application, and came with recommendations and instructions to optionally compile and run GNU IceCat.
3.0 retains Web as the default browser, but also comes with a modified version of Debian's Iceweasel that does not offer to access proprietary add-ons.
was initially forked from Ubuntu (itself originally a fork of Debian) as a result of founding developer Paul O'Malley's prior work with Ubuntu, as of
3.0 the distribution has tracked Debian as the base for its software distribution. In part this has been because the Debian Project does carefully disaggregate the free software in its official distribution from the proprietary software it provides courtesy access to. Indeed, many of the packages, including Debian-particular packages (such as Iceweasel and Icedove) ported to
are simply modified in such a way that they no longer provide such courtesy access to non-free software options.
takes a relatively strict stance against proprietary software. For example, any documentation that gives instructions on installing proprietary software is excluded.
Parabola was originally proposed by members of the
IRC channel in 2009. Members of different Arch Linux communities, especially Spanish-speaking members, started the development and maintenance of the project software and documentation.
Richard Stallman (founder and president of the Free Software Foundation) said he used
in January 2010 and he was still using it in April 2014. Since then Stallman has switched to Trisquel.
uses GNOME. The graphical user interface can be customized with the user's choice of X display manager, window managers, and other desktop environments available to install through its hosted repositories.
Debian is another Linux distribution known for strict licensing requirements and adherence to free software principles. While both Debian and
rigorously exclude non-free software and binary blobs from their official releases, Debian maintains and hosts unofficial repositories of non-free software and firmware binaries, and Debian free software sometimes depends upon or suggests the optional installation of proprietary software, under the theory that users' own informed discretion about the use of such software should be paramount, as expressed in Clause 5 of the Debian Social Contract (though Debian's democratic project management has seen this stance become a source of recurrent controversy).
, by contrast, does not provide any packages which depend on or suggest the use of non-free software, firmware, extensions, or plugins, nor does the
Project provide convenience-access to proprietary software for any reason, seeing this as an abrogation of the commitment to the development of free software solutions. Similar to Debian,
policies do not allow including documentation that are licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License with invariant sections. This includes many manuals and documentation released by the GNU Project themselves.
3.0 in August 2013, Jesse Smith of DistroWatch noted that many of the applications provided, including OpenOffice.org 3, Debians de-blobbed 2.6.32 Linux kernel (based on Linux-libre "tools"), Iceweasel 3.5 and GNOME 2.30 were quite out of date. Smith concluded this review with the following words:
Ututo was the first fully free Linux-based system recognized by the GNU Project. The founder of the GNU Project, Richard Stallman, formerly endorsed the distribution nearly exclusively, and used it on his personal computer, before he switched to
, and later Trisquel.
Besides standard system tools and other small applications,
comes installed with the following software: the OpenOffice.org productivity suite, the Epiphany Internet browser recently renamed to simply "Web", the Empathy instant messenger, and the GIMP for editing photos and other raster graphics. Common software development tools including the GCC are installed by default.
Generally speaking, I was happy with
3.0. Being based on Debian, the distribution can be counted on to provide both stability and amazing performance. The distribution is lean, fast and uncluttered. The flip side to this is gNewSense's system installer and default package management tools are geared more toward experienced users and will probably provide a steep learning curve to novice Linux users. Not much is automated and there is a minimum of hand holding. The main feature of
, the lack of proprietary software, is also a double-edged blade. On the one hand, it means the entire operating system can be audited, modified and redistributed. This is great from the perspective of software freedom. The fact that the distribution can play most multimedia formats and handled Flash content fairly well is a testament of the power of free and open source software. The one problem I ran into with gNewSense's software policy was with regards to my wireless network card. Most distributions ship with the non-free Intel firmware, but
doesn't include it and this means the distribution isn't a good fit with my laptop. It is, on the other hard , a great match with my desktop system.
The removal process is achieved by using a script called "deblob-main". This script is inspired by the one used for
. Jeff Moe made subsequent modifications to meet certain requirements for its use with the BLAG Linux and GNU distribution. There is another script called "deblob-check", which is used to check if a kernel source file, a patch or a compressed sources file still contains software which is suspected of being proprietary.
Mostly this includes distributions that are a combination of GNU packages with a Linux-libre kernel (a modified Linux kernel, that removes binary blobs, obfuscated code and portions of code under proprietary licenses) and consist only of free software (eschewing proprietary software entirely). Distributions that have adopted the GNU FSDG includes Dragora GNU/Linux-libre,
, Parabola GNU/Linux-libre, Trisquel GNU/Linux, Ututo, and a few others.
The issue of binary blobs in the Linux kernel and other device drivers motivated some developers in Ireland to launch
, a Linux based distribution with all the binary blobs removed. The project received support from the Free Software Foundation and stimulated the creation, headed by the Free Software Foundation Latin America, of the Linux-libre kernel. As of October 2012, Trisquel is the most popular FSF endorsed Linux distribution ranked by Distrowatch (over 12 months).
Mark Shuttleworth first mentioned the idea of creating an Ubuntu derivative named "Gnubuntu" consisting entirely of free software, on 24 November 2005. Due to Richard Stallman's disapproval of the name, the project was later renamed "Ubuntu-libre". Stallman had previously endorsed a distribution based on Ubuntu called
, and has criticized Ubuntu for using proprietary and non-free software in successive distributions, most notably, Ubuntu 7.04.
Alexandre "Alex" Oliva, is a Brazilian free software activist, developer and founding member of Free Software Foundation Latin America (FSFLA). He is currently on-hold from his PhD studies at the Institute of Computing of the State University of Campinas, Brazil whilst working as a compiler engineer at Red Hat, contributing in the GCC compiler. He is the maintainer of Linux-libre, a fork of the Linux kernel which removes non-free software components, such as binary blobs from the kernel. The Linux-libre kernels are used in Linux distributions such as
, Trisquel and BLAG, all of which are recommended by the Free Software Foundation and the GNU Project.
A minority of public figures and software projects other than Stallman and the FSF, notably Debian (which had been sponsored by the FSF up to 1996), also use "GNU/Linux" when referring to the operating system as a whole. Most media and common usage, however, refers to this family of operating systems simply as "Linux", as do many large Linux distributions (for example, SUSE Linux and Red Hat Enterprise Linux). In contrast Linux distributions containing only free software use "GNU/Linux" or simply "GNU", such as Trisquel GNU/Linux, Parabola GNU/Linux-libre, BLAG Linux and GNU, and
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