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commit 74e6e32ac106f9f5073e2ed9445f9220b62574e0
parent a08feb2436b074ec9116885b8cfe9a4f5dd5c344
Author: Francis Rowe <info@gluglug.org.uk>
Date:   Tue, 13 Oct 2015 17:17:26 +0100

screw Debian/Fedora. What the hell was I even thinking...

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diff --git a/docs/hcl/c201.html b/docs/hcl/c201.html @@ -105,75 +105,8 @@ The libreboot project would like to see all FSF-endorsed distro projects port to these laptops. This includes Trisquel, GuixSD and others. And ProteanOS. Maybe even LibreCMC. The more the merrier. We need them, badly. </p> - <h2>What can be done meanwhile?</h2> <p> - There are some other distributions, which are not freedom-friendly (institutionally speaking), but can be used as such with some tweaking. - </p> - <p> - There isn't much choice, but we can recommend these distributions for the time being: - </p> - <h3>Debian GNU/Linux</h3> - <p> - The FSF briefly details the problems with Debian: - <a href="https://www.gnu.org/distros/common-distros.html#Debian">https://www.gnu.org/distros/common-distros.html#Debian</a> - </p> - <p> - You can actually run Debian without any proprietary software. The default installation comes without any proprietary software, - and although the project does have proprietary software, its only in a separate repository which isn't enabled by default. - The Debian project has a strict policy of keeping proprietary software out of the main repository, and moving it to a separate repository; - this repository is called <i>non-free</i>, with supplementary packages that require it in <i>contrib</i>, also not enabled by default. - If you install Debian and replace the kernel with <a href="http://www.fsfla.org/ikiwiki/selibre/linux-libre/">linux-libre</a>, - you can be reasonably certain not to install any proprietary software. However, make sure to exercise caution, since this isn't - endorsed at all, and mistakes can happen. - </p> - <p> - <b>Note that this does not mean Debian is ok! Far from it! Institutionally, Debian is ethically questionable because it distributes proprietary software, - even if it's optional and not included by default. At the same time, they also do work on things like reproducible builds (recent example), - and it's the underpin design upon which Trisquel is ultimately based. Debian does a lot of good work, so it's a shame that they have this - silly issue, even after several years.</b> - </p> - <p> - The libreboot project calls on Debian to outsource the hosting and documentation for <i>non-free</i> and <i>contrib</i> - to a separate, third party project (like what Fedora almost does, as described below). - </p> - <p> - There are linux-libre builds available for Debian, but only on x86 thus far. See: - <a href="https://jxself.org/linux-libre/">https://jxself.org/linux-libre/</a>. For now, you'll have to build linux-libre from source. - </p> - <h3>Fedora GNU/Linux</h3> - <p> - The FSF briefly details the problems with Fedora: - <a href="https://www.gnu.org/distros/common-distros.html#Fedora">https://www.gnu.org/distros/common-distros.html#Fedora</a> - </p> - <p> - Unlike Debian, Fedora (to the best of our knowledge) only distributes proprietary software in the form of firmware blobs for the Linux kernel. - There are repositories for Fedora that contain proprietary software, but none of those are official and have to be added. So just don't add them. - Then, delete <i>linux</i> and replace it with <a href="http://www.fsfla.org/ikiwiki/selibre/linux-libre/">linux-libre</a>. - </p> - <p> - <b>Note that this does not mean Fedora is ok! Far from it! Institutionally, Fedora is ethically questionable because it distributes proprietary software, - even if it's easy to remove.</b> - </p> - <p> - There are linux-libre builds available for Fedora, but only on x86 thus far. See: - <a href="http://www.fsfla.org/ikiwiki/selibre/linux-libre/freed-ora.en.html">http://www.fsfla.org/ikiwiki/selibre/linux-libre/freed-ora.en.html</a>. - For now, you'll have to build linux-libre from source. - </p> - <h3>We need libre distributions to be ported.</h3> - <p> - As soon as possible, the libreboot project would like to remove mention of Fedora and Debian, which - we actually feel uncomfortable recommending to users, but saw as an acceptable (and temporary) compromise - (because otherwise, more people would either keep ChromeOS, or they would replace it with another distribution - that is worse than Debian/Fedora, freedom-wise. We decided that it was better to recommend the lesser evil, - than to leave people less certain). - </p> - <p> - In both Debian and Fedora, the browsers available do not try to steer the user away from proprietary browser plugins/add-ons. - For instance, they both use upstream FireFox (Debian merely removes the Mozilla branding and renames it to IceWeasel). Make - sure to check the license of any browser plugins that you install, to ensure that the plugin is free software. - </p> - <p> - There may also be other edge cases like this, so do beware when using those distributions. + <b>We need these distributions to be ported as soon as possible.</b> </p> <p> <a href="#pagetop">Back to top of page</a>.