It was started to provide an Ubuntu based free software distribution
without non-free binary blobs in the kernel. Lots more
information. Ubuntu was
choosen as the starting point as Paul was a Ubuntu member.
Aren't Ubuntu/Debian already free?
Neither Debian nor Ubuntu are fully free. Ubuntu installs non-free
software by default. Debian provides non-free software (including
non-free kernel drivers) through its repositories. We were also the
first distribution to remove GLX^, which Debian had ignored for
years. Read the page about
Debian to see the
complete list of packages modified by gNewSense.
^GLX is needed for hardware-accelerated 3d graphics in X. Recompiling
X, and removing OpenGL, are required due to the non-free SGI Free B
>(GLX was re-introduced upon completion of a license change in the
beginning of 2009, thanks to the work of a large community.)
Why the name gNewSense?
The name originated as Gnusiance as a reference to RMS's GPG key, but
was later changed to gNewSense by bbrazil
and ompaul to also capture the New Sense
of the distribution and as a pun on GNU.
How do you pronounce gNewSense?
The definitive pronunciation is guh-NEW-sense.
What's the FSF's involvement with the project?
The FSF provides hardware and related
support to the project. They approached the project after the 0.85
How can I get support?
You can get support by joining our
Community or reading our
How can I help?
We're always looking for help. Some areas
include user support, documentation and development.
Why don't you do $X?
Many people want this project to do many different things. It is not
possible to accommodate all of them, and keep the project maintainable.
If you want to do something, your best chance is to talk to us first and
then implement it.
Can Builder be used only for gNewSense?
While Builder is geared towards gNewSense, with some modification it can
be used to create and maintain a fork of any .deb based distribution.
Do I really have to download 30GB to use gNewSense?
No, LiveCDs are available from our Mirrors. You
only need to download 30GB if you want to use Builder to create your own
Why is gNewSense 3 based on Debian instead of Ubuntu?
Debian separates free and non-free software better, so it's easier to make a fully free derivative out of it.
Debian supports the architectures we want to support (e.g. MIPS).
it suits our infrastructure better (easier development).
Why does the new logo look like an eye?
It's not an eye. It represents a planet and radio telescope dish.
What are the answers to the wiki's textcha?
The GNU/Linux-libre maintainer is Alexandre ...: oliva
What wiki software did we use before MoinMoin?: pmwiki
What's the common file extension for OpenDocument format text documents?: odt