GNU Linux-libre 4.8-gnu Released, Deblobs More Drivers
Written by Michael Larabel in GNU on 3 October 2016 at 06:20 AM EDT. Add A Comment
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Hot off the release of the official upstream Linux 4.8 kernel, the GNU Linux-libre 4.8-gnu kernel is now available as the deblobbed code that strips out support for loading non-free firmware and other references to non-free kernel support.

With GNU Linux-libre 4.8-gnu, there is a change to allow AMD Evergreen GPUs to be able to successfully initialize correctly without any binary-only blobs, a port from a change these developers did back for R600 hardware on an earlier kernel.

The GNU developers also commented there was "a much larger than usual number of new drivers requiring deblobbing" plus other maintenance for this FSF-endorsed Linux kernel spin.

Those interested in more information about the GNU Linux-libre 4.8 kernel can read this morning's release announcement.
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