GNU Linux-libre Kernel 4.19 is here for users who want to be 100% free

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With the arrival of Linux Kernel 4.19, a new version of the GNU Linux-Libre Kernel is now available, with all the benefits of the 'normal' version but without any proprietary drivers.

Based on Linux Kernel 4.19, GNU Linux-Libre Kernel 4.19 copies all the new features including the experimental EROFS (enhanced read-only system), initial support for Wi-Fi 6 protocol (802.11ax) and mitigations for L1FT security flaws and SpecterRSB.

Although GNU Linux-Libre Kernel 4.19 brings all the benefits found in Linux Kernel 4.19, it does not include proprietary code. Bypassed drivers include Aspeed ColdFire FSI Master, MT76x0U and MT76x2U Wi-Fi, MTk Bluetooth UART, as well as Keystone and Qualcomm Hexagon Remoteproc.

On the other hand, GNU Linux-Libre Kernel 4.19 updates the free drivers for AMD GPU, Adreno GPU, brcmfmac, Mellanox / mlxsw, Intel Skylake sound driver and Silead driver for touchscreens. Additionally, it silences various build warnings in the reject_firmware family of functions.

GNU Linux-Libre Kernel 4.19 wants your PC to be 100% free

If you are looking to build a computer with totally free software you should install GNU Linux-Libre Kernel 4.19. It works with almost all Linux distributions and is a perfect replacement for Linux Kernel.

Of course, we only recommend making the change if you are sure of what you are doing. Linux Kernel comes with many proprietary drivers that you might need and replacing them could render your system obsolete.


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