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Re: [GNU-linux-libre] PureOS added to endorsed distro list - what about

From: Henry Jensen
Subject: Re: [GNU-linux-libre] PureOS added to endorsed distro list - what about the kernel?
Date: Fri, 22 Dec 2017 17:18:12 +0100


congratulations for adding a great distro to the list.

However, it seems that PureOS is not using the linux-libre kernel but a
kernel based on Debian's Linux kernel.

When I tried to get ConnochaetOS [0] on this list the last time, people
explained to me, that ConnochaetOS can't be endorsed because it doesn't
use linux-libre and the Debian based kernel requests non-free firmware
files and does write the names of those files to the system log. See the
thread at

Now, I installed PureOS and it seems, PureOS does use the same Debian
based deblob mechanism as does ConnochaetOS.

To verify it, I tried the PureOS ISO from
and booted it on a notebook with a wifi chip which does need non-free
firmware. And indeed I see in dmesg the following message (among others):

iwlwifi: 0000:03:00.0 firmware: failed to load iwlwifi-6000g2a-6.ucode (-2)

So, of course I want to know how PureOS can use this Debian based
kernel and be endorsed while ConnochaetOS can't?




On Thu, 21 Dec 2017 10:54:29 -0500
Donald Robertson <address@hidden> wrote:

> Hello all,
> We just wanted to give the list a heads up on our forthcoming
> announcement of adding PureOS to our list of endorsed distros. Quite
> some time ago they wrote to this list and got feedback about their
> distro. From that time, they've been working with us to address concerns
> that were brought up in that thread, such as removing leftover
> problematic code from Firefox, fixing up their bug tracker, and making
> clearer the separation between Purism and PureOS. They've addressed our
> concerns, and are actively maintaining freedom-related issues in their
> bug tracker
> <>. The
> endorsement program depends on the community to help projects to
> maintain their free status, and we are satisfied with PureOS's
> commitment to maintaining that status. After this announcement, we'll be
> moving our focus to working with other pending candidates for
> endorsement, but maintaining a free distro is a task that needs
> everyone's help. If there are issues that you can help PureOS with,
> please do make use of the bug tracker, and make sure to CC
> <address@hidden> so you can be rewarded with a GNU Buck
> <> if you do find a problem.
> Thank you all for your help in bringing PureOS up to speed, and we look
> forward to your continued help on future distros seeking endorsement.
> -- 
> Donald R. Robertson, III, J.D.
> Licensing & Compliance Manager
> Free Software Foundation
> 51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor
> Boston, MA 02110
> Phone +1-617-542-5942
> Fax +1-617-542-2652 ex. 56

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