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Linux Distribution: gNewSense
Url: http://www.gnewsense.org/

 
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 o

About gNewSense
Introduction about gNewSense

gNewSense is an Ubuntu-based Linux distribution released without any proprietary and non-free components, and several enhancements. Notably, all proprietary firmware, restricted modules and Ubuntu logos are removed, while the "Universe" repository is enabled by default and several GNU applications, such as Emacs and development libraries, as well as bsdgames and NetHack, are included in the default installation. The goal of the project is to produce a totally free (libre) Linux distribution.

Some More Information

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 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.

It's features

gNewSense is derived from Ubuntu, and thus has most of the same functionality. There are a number of differences though.

1. Firmware removed from kernel in main
2. Restricted removed
3. Ubuntu logos replaced
4. Universe enabled by default
5. emacs, bsdgames, nethack and build-essential part of the default install

Releases:
2008-08-25 00:00:00.0 gNewSense 2.1 has been released    View
The second full release of 'DeltaH'. This brings in a number of updates, fixes and improvements.
2008-05-02 00:00:00.0 gNewSense 2.0 has been released    View
DeltaH was our second major release, based on Ubuntu Hardy. 2.0 was released on May 1st 2008 - less than a week after Hardy's release.
2008-04-29 00:00:00.0 gNewSense 2.0 Beta has been released    View
I've just released the live CD for gNewSense 1.9, the BETA for deltah.
2007-01-23 00:00:00.0 gNewSense 1.1 is available    View
This release brings a number of improvements: support for arbitrary meta packages; added optional support for updates and backports; added support for multiple live CDs; produce torrent files for live CDs; support for tracking mirror freshness; KDE variant live CD; fixed NTPL issue; enabled eepro100 driver (e100 was non-free); recompiled and rebranded Firefox so we could disable the offering of non-free plugins; new artwork; various other minor fixes and improvements.
2006-11-03 00:00:00.0 gNewSense 1.0 has been released    View
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. gNewSense will provide users with full security updates and is available for immediate download in live CD ISO format along with a version of the Ubiquity graphical installer.
 
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