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GNU Linux-libre 3.9-gnu

From: Alexandre Oliva
Subject: GNU Linux-libre 3.9-gnu
Date: Mon, 29 Apr 2013 01:44:38 -0300
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.2 (gnu/linux)

GNU Linux-libre 3.9-gnu source tarballs, as well patches from 3.8-gnu
and from the 3.9-rc8-gnu release candidate (that I'd finished packaging
just before 3.9 was released upstream), are now available at and other
mirrors at

The greatest news about this release is that it no longer rejects ath9k
firmware, after the former blobs were re-released as Free Software!
Thanks to Jason Self for the patches to the deblobbing scripts to this
end; over the next few days, I'm going to deblob stable releases using
newer scripts containing Jason's patches, so that ath9k will be usable
on them as well.  Stay tuned!

You can get up-to-the minute news following !Linuxlibre or @lxoliva on or

WHAT IS GNU Linux-libre?

  GNU Linux-libre is a Free distribution of the kernel Linux,
  suitable for use with the GNU Operating System in 100% Free
  GNU/Linux-libre System Distributions.

  It removes non-Free components from Linux, that are disguised as
  source code or distributed in separate files.  It also disables
  run-time requests for non-Free components, shipped separately or as
  part of Linux, and documentation pointing to them, so as to avoid
  (Free-)baiting users into the trap of non-Free Software.

  Linux-libre started within the gNewSense GNU/Linux distribution.
  It was later adopted by Jeff Moe, who coined its name, and in 2008
  it became a project maintained by FSF Latin America.  In 2012, it
  became part of the GNU Project.

  The GNU Linux-libre project takes a minimal-changes approach to
  cleaning up Linux, making no effort to substitute components that
  need to be removed with functionally equivalent Free ones.
  Nevertheless, we encourage and support efforts towards doing so.

  Our mascot is Freedo, a light-blue penguin that has just come out
  of the shower.  Although we like penguins, GNU is a much greater
  contribution to the entire system, so its mascot deserves more
  promotion.  See our web page for their images.

Alexandre Oliva, freedom fighter
You must be the change you wish to see in the world. -- Gandhi
Be Free! --   FSF Latin America board member
Free Software Evangelist      Red Hat Brazil Compiler Engineer

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