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GNUine Advantage project

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libervisco's picture
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This is just an idea. You may have seen me talking recently about my distro shuffles and being kind of unsatisfied with the existing choices of distributions and even mentioning the desire to at some point start my own distro because of this, but starting my own distro is not an option right now, due to lack of resources, time constraints etc.

However, one idea which I've had even before could still be doable. It might not scratch anyone's itch in particular but mine, maybe, but I guess it doesn't hurt saying it anyway. Of all distros I've tried so far, Ubuntu still comes closest to what I want. Fedora Core would probably be second best, but I've just experienced yum and damn.. it's just too slow.

So the idea is to create a script, or even a set of scripts that can be applied to Ubuntu edgy in order to customize it. The customizations made would largely include removing all proprietary software that was installed by default after edgy, installing replacements (if any), and maybe some additional cool tools. The thing could merely be a bash script.

After it's done you'd ideally be left with a fully Free Software system and possibly some other customizations. I know this doesn't really fit everyone's idea of "advantage" (removing some proprietary things I mean), but those among us who do strive to keep out any proprietary software might see it as a good thing. And its name would be a nice pun on Windows Genuine Advantage. Smiling

Anyway, any thoughts?

Thanks

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So your talkin about a

So your talkin about a script which basically atp-get removes some proprietary software, and adds some nice useful tools. I think this would be an cool little script, you colud even have it read a file with a list of packages you want to install on-top of each Ubuntu install you do. I'm still not sure how you'd fix the kernel level proprietary problems with this, but it could be a step in the right direction.

Btw, what are the proprietary software packages Ubuntu installs be default? That is things other than drivers.

dylunio

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As far as I am aware the

As far as I am aware the kernel blobs are part of a "restricted-modules" package (installed by default) meaning that it can be very easily removed.

I don't know the full list of proprietary packages included from the top of my head, but I think there aren't many. I would be working with gNewSense guys to get a list of all proprietary packages so that I know what the script would be removing.

Still, of course, this wouldn't make Ubuntu like gNewSense and if you really want a distro which doesn't even recommend installing anything proprietary, the best choice is gNewSense, and I'd be making sure that the script mentions that bit.

However, if you're like me, wanting the bleeding edge stuff, but still would like to run only Free Software, the script could be useful. Later on it could maybe even be improved to do scanning of the whole system in order to find proprietary packages user may have (accidentally or not) installed afterwards (something like vrms on Debian). Smiling

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As far as
libervisco wrote:

As far as I am aware the kernel blobs are part of a "restricted-modules" package (installed by default) meaning that it can be very easily removed.

I'm not very sure of this - didn't the gNewSense guys have to find an assembly programmer to help remove them?

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