This section is just a summary about the technology in which gNewSense
is based upon, and a basic explanation of the changes made to it. For
more detailed information about gNewSense development, please refer to
the documentation for developers.
Short definition of each element in the figure
GNU:: (GNU's Not Unix!) GNU is a free unix-like operating system developed by the GNU Project. The GNU system's kernel GNU Hurd (technically GNU Mach) isn't ready for average use yet so the GNU system often is combined with the kernel Linux (gNewSense GNU/Linux uses a modified version of Linux which has all non-free software firmware/blobs removed). This combination of GNU and Linux is what people call the GNU/Linux operating system.
Linux-libre:: Linux-libre is an operating system kernel based on the Linux kernel. It is the result of removing all the non-free pieces from Linux.
gNewSense is the distribution that resulted from the removal of all the
non-free software associated with Debian. The gNewSense community will
neither include or suggest non-free software nor non-free documentation.