Ultra-free gNewSense 2.0 beta released

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Brian Brazil and the team behind the ultra-free gNewSense Linux distribution have released a beta of the forthcoming 2.0 (or Deltah) series. gNewSense is based on Ubuntu but strips the distribution of non-free components to provide users with a truly free operating system. gNewSense is backed by the Free Software Foundation. Among the changes in this release are that gNewSense is now based on Ubuntu Hardy released last week; the distribution has new artwork; the browser has been changed from Firefox to Epiphany, the Gnome browser; non-free GLX has been removed from X/mesa; and there is now support for Debian source packages.

In an emailed announcement yesterday, Brazil said that “as this is a beta release, there are still things which aren’t perfect. Please report any bugs you find – especially if they aren’t present in Hardy. A 2.0 livecd is planned to be released in a day or two. It will be possible to upgrade from a 1.9 install.”

gNewSense can be downloaded here or here (torrent).

gNewSense Delatd is no longer supported, and is not getting security updates.

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4 Responses to “Ultra-free gNewSense 2.0 beta released”

  1. Ubuntu Look » Ultra-free gNewSense 2.0 beta released
    April 29th, 2008 @ 9:05 pm

    […] Ultra-free gNewSense 2.0 beta released Brian Brazil and the team behind the ultra-free gNewSense Linux distribution have released a beta of the forthcoming 2.0 (or Deltah) series. gNewSense is based on Ubuntu but strips the distribution of non-free components to provide users with a truly free operating system. gNewSense is backed by the Free Software Foundation. Among the changes in this release are that gNewSense is now based on Ubuntu Hardy released last week; the distribution has new artwork; the browser has been changed from Firefox to Epiphany, the Gnome browser; non-free GLX has been removed from X/mesa; and there is now support for Debian source packages. Read more at Tectonic […]

  2. Jacques Snyman
    April 30th, 2008 @ 8:42 am

    Hot on the heels of Hardy Heron comes this gift. Seems that there is room foe competition in the world of Linux. The web browser, Epiphany, how does it compare to Firefox (and IE 6/7 for that matter)?

  3. Alastair
    May 1st, 2008 @ 7:23 am

    @Jacques

    Epiphany is a decent enough browser. It is based on the Gecko engine which is the same engine as Firefox (although that’s about to change). Personally, I prefer Firefox though.

  4. GNull
    May 2nd, 2008 @ 11:58 am

    What’s the deal with calling this distro “Ultra-Free”? It’s no more free than fedora (which uses all free software) or vanilla debian (which oddly is the base of the distro that gNewSense is based off of.) The article should be called “Ubuntu the unfree linux” or “non-free linux and it’s discontents”. Why try to make it seem as if gNewSense is doing something profound, when it is non-free distros that are making linux less and less relevant.

    If you want a truely free distro go with blag, that’s about as free as it gets as long as we must base our OSes on Linux.

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