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GNU Linux-libre 4.15-gnu

From: Alexandre Oliva
Subject: GNU Linux-libre 4.15-gnu
Date: Mon, 29 Jan 2018 02:15:26 -0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/25.3 (gnu/linux)

GNU Linux-libre 4.15-gnu sources and tarballs are now available at
It didn't require any deblobbing changes since -rc6-gnu.  Binaries are
already available in the Freesh .deb repository (thanks, Jason Self!);
others are expected to show up over the next few days.

This release introduces changes in scripts/package, so that .deb and
.rpm scripts built with the scripts in there will refer to GNU
Linux-libre rather than upstream.  This is in line with our goal of not
leading users to non-Free Software.

There are two new drivers that needed cleaning up: HiDeep touchscreen,
and Broadcom BCM7XXX based boards memory (!!!).

A number of drivers needed updating in their cleaning up: i915, adreno,
amdgpu, tegra, silead dmi, and atomisp.

Upstream has removed oss (sound) drivers, and the ap1302 driver from
staging, so the logic to clean them up is gone from deblob-4.15.

For up-to-the-minute news, join us on #linux-libre of
(Freenode), or follow me (@lxoliva) on Twister <>,
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or at  Check my web page (link in the signature) for
direct links.

Be Free! with GNU Linux-libre.

What is GNU Linux-libre?

  GNU Linux-libre is a Free version of the kernel Linux (see below),
  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.

What is Linux?

  Linux is a clone of the Unix kernel [...]

(snipped from Documentation/admin-guide/README.rst)

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 Brasil GNU Toolchain Engineer

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