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Re: [gNewSense-users] Is Debian now fully free? (Dennis Worthem)

From: Sam Geeraerts
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] Is Debian now fully free? (Dennis Worthem)
Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2011 23:01:08 +0100
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Paul Roge wrote:
After installing gnewsense parkes (same as gnewsense 3.0, right?) on a yeeloong 
laptop via debootstrap, the system seems to work fine. It would appear to be a 
replicate of debian squeeze with a few packages removed.

Parkes is currently not maintained as fully free, but rather "work in progress". It's backend setup is not workable in the long term.

This is what I have encountered thus far that in my opinion could be improved...

* include libreoffice (available in debian backport, openoffice isn't available 
in gnewsense parkes)
* include icecat (iceweasel isn't available in gnewsense parkes)
* fix xserver-xorg-video-siliconmotion (on yeeloong must still remove 
siliconmotion driver or install xserver from anheng repository to have an 
operational X11)
* fix bug #32865 so that folks don't have to debootstrap
* include fsfla kernels (for mipsel, currently only malta and cobalt available)
* fix more recent fsfla kernels to have wireless driver activated (>2.6.38, "# 
CONFIG_RTL8187B is not set"). Earlier kernels in the fsfla metad repository work fine 

I'm working towards fixing bug #32865. I don't know when/if the rest will happen.

I am not a developer, but would like to help.

Work on Parkes is mostly a developer effort now. You could start working on your suggestions though, e.g. test LibreOffice, contact FSFLA about wireless, ...

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