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Re: [gNewSense-users] Removing non-free from kernel

From: Brian Brazil
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] Removing non-free from kernel
Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2007 08:12:17 +0100

On 4/18/07, Matthew Flaschen <address@hidden> wrote:
Josh Martens wrote:
> I wish it could be that easy, apparently it can only be done manually.

The actual script used by Builder (the distribution generator gnewsense
uses) is
.  That script was made by hand by the devs (for which I am very
grateful), but I believe a heuristic (32 numerical constants in a row)
is used to start.  Then, someone has to go through this list and find
false positives. The process is obviously imperfect.

> Otherwise I'd be using the latest kernel sources.

You can probably run gen-kernel on them without /much/ trouble.

I had a quick attempt at the Etch kernel (which nothing is likely to
come of). A good bit has changed and there are new non-free blobs in
there. So it'll probably work, but won't remove all the non-free
stuff. YMMV.


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