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GNU Linux-libre
UNIX-like monolithic kernel liberated and adopted by the GNU system

Linux-libre is a free/libre version of the kernel Linux suitable for use with the GNU Operating System.

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.

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/libre ones.

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Heckert gnu.small.png This is a GNU package:linux-libre


version 4.16.2-gnu (stable)
released on 13 April 2018

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License:GPLv2Deborah Nicholson15 January 2008

Leaders and contributors

Alexandre Oliva Maintainer
Free Software Foundation Latin America Leader
Le brixton linux action group Contributor

Resources and communication

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SupportVCS Repository Webview
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Software prerequisites

Required to useutil-linux 2.10o
Required to buildGnu make 3.77
Required to buildgcc 2.95.3 or later
Required to buildbinutils

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 20 February 2017.


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