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Re: Linux-libre source code will be taken offline

From: Jason Self
Subject: Re: Linux-libre source code will be taken offline
Date: Sat, 4 Sep 2021 13:32:16 -0700

For some clarity on the situation:

The scripts are not being removed and my understanding is that Guix
only uses the scripts anyway.

> and their Git repo is also going to be rewritten to remove them.

The tags for the kernel source code would be removed (but not for the
cleanup scripts) but my understanding is that this doesn't requite
rewriting history.

The release tarballs are already gone but the tags corresponding to the
libre kernel versions continue to exist in releases.git. My
understanding is that the desire is to eventually remove those
although I'm not sure about the timing but certainly long enough into
the future to allow time to adapt.

Also, the cleanup scripts will continue to exist in git as well, in both
old and new versions, even after the tags for the corresponding libre
kernel release have been deleted, so an interested person would still
be able to recreate the appropriate source code even after tag deletion
has happened. Given that they result in kernel source code with known
freedom problems it seems very undesirable to use the old versions

This could be an example that it's desirable to use releases.git to
obtained needed pieces, whether scripts or the source code.

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