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[Bug 370675] Re: No easy way to have a fully free install


FYI, nowadays Debian's kernel is already free (
http://www.debian.org/News/2010/20101215 ), so there's no need to have a
different package (linux-image-libre) and work is simpler... as soon as
Ubuntu's kernel team decides to have this goal, like Debian, to have a
100% free kernel package, so users can decide if they want to install
the extra non-free packages or not.

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  No easy way to have a fully free install

Status in Linux-libre: The fully free kernel:
Status in Ubuntu:
  In Progress
Status in Debian GNU/Linux:

Bug description:
  Contrary to popular belief, the Linux kernel from kernel.org is not
  free software. It not only recommends non-free software but also
  actually contains it (i.e., software that does not respect your
  essential freedoms). Because of this, the default install contains
  non-free software. Here are some links with more info and lists of the
  non-free software in the kernel:


  The mainline kernel does not meet the stricter Free System
  Distribution Guidelines, nor the Debian Free Software Guidelines, or
  even the promise made in Ubuntu's Philosophy. Even if by default, some
  non-free software is included or recommended, there should, at the
  very least, be a reasonably easy way to choose to have a fully free
  installation. Modifying the existing kernel is another option--
  whichever makes more sense as long as a fully free install is, at the
  very least, possible. Ubuntu even has a free software only option
  available...which still contains binary blobs!


  Non-free software has been in the mainline kernel for some time, so
  until (and if) that is fixed, the Linux-libre kernel has already done
  the work of maintaining of fully free kernel which is used in a number
  of free GNU/Linux distros. Linux-libre is a project to maintain and
  publish 100% Free distributions of Linux, suitable for use in Free
  System Distributions, removing software that is included without
  source code, with obfuscated or obscured source code, under non-Free
  Software licenses, that do not permit you to change the software so
  that it does what you wish, and that induces or requires you to
  install additional pieces of non-free software. Ideally, the default
  kernel should be free, but otherwise a fully free kernel should be