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GNU Linux-Libre 5.12 Kernel Released for Those Who Seek 100% Freedom for Their PCs

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Based on the recently released Linux kernel 5.12, the GNU Linux-libre 5.12 kernel is packed with the same new features as the upstream kernel, but it cleans up many of the newly added drivers, including the BCM VK accelerators, MT7921E wifi, MXL692 dvb, OcteonTX2 crypto, as well as Intel ICE docs and Qualcomm AArch64 DTS files.

In addition, the GNU Linux-libre 5.12 kernel adjusts the Allegro-DVT driver as it is now out of staging, and cleans up the drivers for Adreno GPU and x86 touchscreens since they were modified in the upstream Linux 5.12 kernel to request new blob names, thus providing 100% free drivers and code to those seeking 100% freedom for their GNU/Linux PCs.

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GNU Linux-libre 5.12-gnu (Freedo misses Tasha)

  • GNU Linux-libre 5.12-gnu (Freedo misses Tasha)
    GNU Linux-libre 5.12-gnu cleaning-up scripts, cleaned-up sources, and
    cleaning-up logs (including tarball signatures) have been available
    since last night from our git-based release archive
    git:// tags
    Tarballs and incremental patches are also available at
    The cleaning up scripts have been unchanged since first published for
    There were many newly-added drivers requiring cleaning up: OcteonTX2
    crypto, MXL692 dvb, MT7921E wifi, and BCM VK accelerators.  Some further
    cleanups were needed in Intel ICE docs, and in Qualcomm AArch64 DTS
    files.  The Allegro-DVT driver graduated out of staging and thus
    required adjustments to its cleaning up rules.  Drivers for Adreno GPU
    and for x86 touchscreens were changed upstream to request new blob
    names, so cleaning up adjustments were required.
    This release is in memory of Tasha, Jason Self's feline companion of
    many years.  Jason has long contributed to GNU Linux-libre and
    maintained the popular Freesh distribution of GNU Linux-libre .debs.
    Tasha shared his home, brought him joy, and is sorely missed.
    For up-to-the-minute news, join us on #linux-libre of
    (Freenode), or follow me on P2P or federated social media.  Check the
    link in the signature for directions.
    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)
  • GNU Linux-Libre 5.12 Released After More Driver Deblobbing, Dedicated To A Cat

    Freshly re-based against yesterday's Linux 5.12 kernel, GNU Linux-Libre 5.12-gnu is now available as the latest version of this GNU cleansed kernel now carrying a codename of "Freedo Misses Tasha".

    With GNU Linux-Libre 5.12 there was more driver de-blobbing changes that occurred in the name of trying to prevent binary-only "non-free" firmware from being loaded by the system even if it means reduced hardware support/functionality or missing security updates.

GNU Linux-libre 5.12-gnu Is Released

  • GNU Linux-libre 5.12-gnu Is Released

    GNU Linux-libre is a modified versions of the Linux kernel that is truly free software thanks to the removal of all the evil binary blobs modern GNU/Linux distributions include. The ideal is very noble, but the practical result is a crippled and practically useless Linux kernel. A Linux-libre kernel based on Linux 5.12 is now available for those find that to be appealing.


    The GNU Project has a solution: The GNU Linux-libre kernel. It is a specially patched GNU-approved Linux kernel that does not include or rely on any binary blobs unless the source for those blobs is available under a free software license. Linux-libre version 5.12-gnu was just released. It was released as separate tarballs with updated clean-up scripts, kernel patches and ready-to-go packages with cleaned-up Linux kernel sources in several file compression formats. All the files in the Linux-libre 5.12-gnu release can be acquired from

    The release announcement for Linux-libre 5.12-gnu, which came in the form of a mailing list message, notes that this release adds patches eradicating new binary blobs introduced yesterday's Linux 5.12 release. Those include the OcteonTX2 crypto device, the MXL692 dvb, the Allegro-DVT, the MT7921E wifi chip and BCM VK accelerators.

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