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Re: [GNU-linux-libre] Parabola GNU/Linux

From: Joshua Ismael
Subject: Re: [GNU-linux-libre] Parabola GNU/Linux
Date: Wed, 05 Jan 2011 17:05:13 -0600
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On 03/01/11 17:20, Jason Self wrote:
Parabola is a GNU/Linux distro that claims to be a fully free copy of Arch. In
reviewing it I have some concerns:

1. The Parabola developers perform no rebranding of any kind. This results in
the installer claiming to the "Arch Linux". I've also found that the GRUB menu
lists it as "Arch Linux" when booting, and so does the login prompt. (There's
probably more, I imagine but that's where I stopped.)

I wonder how this fits in the the "we will not list a distribution whose name
makes confusion with non-free distributions likely" in the Free Distro

I've also discovered this as of this afternoon: "We avoid having a kernel-free
distro (!) by packaging a vanilla kernel and applying ArchLinux's patches, but
deblobing everything before compiling and packaging." [2]

I took this to mean the binary has been "freed" but not the source. I then
grabbed the source from [3] and verified that it does indeed contain all of the
non-free parts of the kernel. I think that this means their kernel deblobbing
efforts are insufficent, if anyone is able to go and obtain the non-free bits
of the kernel in this way.
Archlinux has an automatic building system in wich you
provide some information and the script automatically
build them.

For Parabola GNU/Linux we provide scripts for deblobing
while building so anyone can compile it's linux-libre kernel
from the vanilla source.

If the purpose is to provide the means to build a free
kernel we already make this. Isn't this enough?

Has anyone else looked at Parabola?


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