Brian Brazil has announced the release of gNewSense 1.1, an Ubuntu-based distribution containing Free Software only: “I am pleased to announce the 1.1 release of the gNewSense distribution and tools. This release brings a number of improvements: support for arbitrary meta packages; added optional support for updates and backports; added support for multiple live CDs; produce torrent files for live CDs; support for tracking mirror freshness; KDE variant live CD; fixed NTPL issue; enabled eepro100 driver (e100 was non-free); recompiled and rebranded Firefox so we could disable the offering of non-free plugins; new artwork; various other minor fixes and improvements.”
A product sponsored by the Free Software Foundation, gNewSense is an Ubuntu-based Linux distribution released without any proprietary and non-free components, and several enhancements. Notably, all proprietary firmware, restricted modules and Ubuntu logos are removed, while the “Universe” repository is enabled by default and several GNU applications, such as Emacs and development libraries, as well as bsdgames and NetHack, are included in the default installation. The goal of the project is to produce a totally free (libre) Linux distribution.