The GNU Linux Libre 3.16 Kernel Is Christened By Freedo
Written by Michael Larabel in GNU on 08 August 2014 at 11:36 AM EDT. 15 Comments
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The Linux 3.16 kernel was released a few days ago with some awesome features while those wishing to run this kernel in an ultra-free mode without support for closed-source firmware blobs or the ability to load non-free kernel modules, the GNU Linux-libre 3.16 release is available.

The GNU Linux-libre kernel continues to be used by the gNewSense distribution and others wishing to enforce a pure, free-software-only kernel. The Linux-libre 3.16 release -- as with past releases -- is a re-spin of the Linux Kernel.org kernel but with any binary microcode/firmware stripped out and the ability to load non-free kernel modules is disabled.

Linux-libre also trades the Tux penguin icon for a "Freedo" mascot, a light-blue penguin that's just exited the shower.


The Linux-libre 3.16 release announcement can be read on the GNU mailing list.
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