GNU Linux-libre 5.7: the kernel without blobs is already out

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You already know that at kernel.org you can choose to download the vanilla version of the Linux kernel, whose latest version at the time of writing this article is Linux 5.7. But it is not the only version that exists of this branch, since there is also a 100% free called GNU Linux-libre 5.7, in which we have worked to eliminate all binary blobs, those modules and closed source firmware that is replaced by a free one.

If you are one of the people who prefer to run a kernel without any kind of proprietary code or closed drivers, then you will like this version that you can download, configure and install on your distro. In addition, now with this new version 5.7 it is on par with the official vanilla kernel series, so it will have most of its improvements and news (as long as they do not reside in the areas of the eliminated binaries).

This version GNU Linux-libre 5.7 has disabled some binary blobs such as Azoteq IQS62X MFD drivers, IDT 82P33xxx PTP clock, Marvell OcteonTX CPT, Mediatek MT7622 WMAC, MHI bus, Qualcomm IPA, Broadcom FMAC, ARM64 DTS, AMDGPU Pro, m88ds3103 DVB, Mediatek mt8173, Meson VPU, and Mediatec 7622Dec 7663 WiFi VPUon 86K WiFi , Qualcomm Venus, Realtek Bluetooth, Silead xXNUMX touchscreen, etc.

Some outdated binary blobs like the Intel i915 have also been removed, and practiced some other changes, such as cleaning the i1480 USB controllers, reshuffles for the deblob-check self-test, changes in blob names, settings for the mscc PHY drivers, documentation for the wd719x, etc.

In principle, despite removing those drivers, you shouldn't have problems with hardware and support as they have free substitutes. However, the performance may not be the same or there may be some isolated problem in some cases ...

If you are interested download this kernel and test it on your distro, you can download it from this Official website. Enjoy the freedom!


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