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List of non-free software in Ubuntu?

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libervisco's picture
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Anyone knows if there is anywhere a list of all non-free software included in Ubuntu, preferably the newest Edgy release?

The idea is to just make a simple script that will remove all non-free software from Edgy making it a fully Free Software installation, even though the user would still have to watch not to install anything non-free from repos. If you want a fully free Ubuntu you can consider trying gNewSense (personally I think they could use a better name, which I told them).

Anyway, I'm just kind of weirdly motivated to do this script... I'm in a kind of weird situation where I am eager to use a 100% distribution with user-friendliness and package support of Ubuntu, but the existing project which offers something like this (gNewSense) isn't exactly cutting it. :\ It is making me wish to fork the whole thing off and create my own Edgy based distro which would be Edgy, but stripped of non-free stuff and with my own marketing efforts (something GNU guys tend not to understand too well apparently). Maybe I just have too many freaking ambitions.., not to mention that my current internet connection doesn't allow maintaining a distro project (though I'm hoping for WiMax to come here soon). Who knows where will all this end up...

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Proprietary software list for Ubuntu

I could suggest that you contact bbrazil or ompaul: www.gnewsense.org

Their present edition of the completely free Ubuntu is made from Dapper. I would think they would have that list at least. Sounds like a great idea!

Hope this might help! :-)

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Judging from the dates of the news on the GNewSense site, this thread was made when GNewSense was either just starting or hadn't gotten attention yet.

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I think Ubuntu has all of

I think Ubuntu has all of the non-free software in multiverse and restricted repository, so just search for them in aptitude.

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Doesn't it have the nonfree firmware in Linux in the main repo?

Gustavo's picture
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You might want to have a

You might want to have a look at the source code of vrms: http://packages.debian.org/stable/admin/vrms

Cheers.

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Yeah, vrms is interesting,

Yeah, vrms is interesting, but gNewSense devs said it's not really accurate.

I kinda gave up on the above project though and switched to another distro later, which has no non-free stuff by default.

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