Gobuntu is… go

Tuesday, July 10th, 2007

Thanks to Colin and Evan’s efforts we now have daily images of a freedom-focused flavour of Ubuntu, “Gobuntu”. This is a call for developers who are interested in pushing the limits of content and code freedom – including firmware, content, and authoring infrastructure, to join the team and help identify places where we must separate out pieces that don’t belong in Gobuntu from the standard Ubuntu builds.

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/gobuntu/daily/current/

At the moment this primarily addresses hardware drivers but as the team grows we will be able to maintain a bigger delta between Ubuntu and Gobuntu. The goal is to provide a cleaner and easier to maintain base for projects like gNewSense. Bug reports are welcome, but patches and offers of help will get better results.

Thanks guys!

Update: a number of comments have asked what Gobuntu is. It is a flavour of Ubuntu (like Kubuntu or Xubuntu) that is basically the same desktop environment as Ubuntu (a GNOME desktop) and a very strict set of restrictions on the licences of code and content. This means that we try to strip out ANYTHING which is not modifiable and redistributable, including firmware, PDF’s, video footage, sounds etc. We are trying to apply the FSF “rights” definition to everything in the platform. Gobuntu will not correctly enable much hardware today – but it exists as a banner for the cause of software freedom and as a reference of what IS possible with a totally rigorous approach. The goal is to make it a real point of pride to be able to run Gobuntu on a laptop or desktop or server, because it means that all of the stars have aligned to ensure that you have complete freedom to use that hardware with free software.

Joining: there is now a gobuntu-devel mailing list for folks interested in Gobuntu development.

131 comments:

  1. Vincent says: (permalink)
    July 10th, 2007 at 7:21 pm

    Any details as to where the name came from?

  2. Gobuntu, la versione “free” di Ubuntu « www.ubuntista.it says: (permalink)
    July 10th, 2007 at 7:31 pm

    [...] 10th, 2007 VENTI SECONDI fa Mark Shuttleworth scrive nel suo blog che è ora disponibile la “current” version di Gobuntu. Ottimo! Posted by ubuntista [...]

  3. FOSSwire » Welcome to Gobuntu says: (permalink)
    July 10th, 2007 at 7:48 pm

    [...] Shuttleworth describes in his blog: Thanks to Colin and Evan’s efforts we now have daily images of a freedom-focused flavour of [...]

  4. Pensées de LaserJock Developing Free software with non-free tools? « says: (permalink)
    July 10th, 2007 at 7:59 pm

    [...] July 10th, 2007 — laserjock It’s awesome to see Mark’s announcement of  Gobuntu  (or should that be Ubuntu Freedomware Remix?). I personally haven’t been that interested in [...]

  5. Josh says: (permalink)
    July 10th, 2007 at 8:45 pm

    What exactly is Gobuntu? Just a beta Gutsy Gibon?

  6. Christopher Parker says: (permalink)
    July 10th, 2007 at 8:49 pm

    This is great news! Thank you.

    How do you view the future relationship between gNewSense and “Gobuntu”? Being that both distributions are variants of Ubuntu focused on providing only free software, what niche do you think gNewSense would fill that “Gobuntu” wouldn’t, if any? Is “Gobuntu” still linked to Launchpad, which is, IIRC, proprietary?

  7. Tom says: (permalink)
    July 10th, 2007 at 8:58 pm

    Can someone post in 500 characters or less what Gobuntu is?

    Is it Ubuntu that runs off the thumbdrive (thus you can “Go” with it?)

    Is it some radical departure from Ubuntu so it’s “go” ing away from it?

    I googled and such and I haven’t really gotten much of an answer, other than this which makes me think it’s just some GPL arguing:
    http://fosswire.com/2007/07/10/welcome-to-gobuntu/

  8. Mark Shuttleworth anuncia la disponibilidad de Gobuntu : says: (permalink)
    July 10th, 2007 at 9:46 pm

    [...] Shuttleworth anuncia en su blog la disponibilidad de las imágenes nuevas de una nueva variación de Ubuntu llamada Gobuntu.Mark [...]

  9. wam says: (permalink)
    July 10th, 2007 at 10:50 pm

    well, strange name I would have called it Gnubuntu. Was that taken already?

  10. Peter says: (permalink)
    July 10th, 2007 at 11:08 pm

    I think gNewSense is oriented more towards building your system from source and customizing it, whereas Gobuntu will still be a primarily binary distribution.

  11. meneame.net says: (permalink)
    July 10th, 2007 at 11:54 pm

    Nueva versión de Ubuntu: Gobuntu…

    Mark Shuttleworth acaba de anunciar una versión especial de desarrollo, enfocada al desarrollo de drivers y firmware libre. Pueden descargar las imágenes de aquí: cdimage.ubuntu.com/gobuntu/daily/current/…

  12. Mary says: (permalink)
    July 11th, 2007 at 12:28 am

    I won’t be running it, because I like being able to use wireless, but I do look forward, in the future, to being able to consider making hardware choices based on “how usable would this machine be, running Gobuntu?” Hope there’s a model listing at some future point!

  13. mina says: (permalink)
    July 11th, 2007 at 1:50 am

    And offcourse, don’t forget the linux iPhone: http://zonow.com/78

  14. Nick says: (permalink)
    July 11th, 2007 at 2:34 am

    I’m not sure but I thought FSF didn’t like the name Gnubuntu or something; I always preferred Ubuntu-libre myself….though I suppose it’s not distinct enough from Ubuntu in name I guess…

  15. brian says: (permalink)
    July 11th, 2007 at 3:23 am

    I don’t know why it’s called Gobuntu but I know why it’s not called GNUbuntu. The FSF thought that this would cause confusion by implying that every version of GNU/Linux isn’t GNU. Since Ubuntu is already GNU they didn’t want a separate version named GNUbuntu.

  16. Thushan Fernando says: (permalink)
    July 11th, 2007 at 4:30 am

    Hmmmm any connection with Gobias Industries? (Arrested Development anyone?)

    Good news regardless.

  17. Gobuntu, go freedom! « the minds of a tuxian says: (permalink)
    July 11th, 2007 at 5:04 am

    [...] go freedom! 11 07 2007 A surprise post by Mark Shuttleworth appeared in Ubuntu Planet today, beginning of a new flavor of Ubuntu called as Gobuntu. I am not [...]

  18. Amir E. Aharoni says: (permalink)
    July 11th, 2007 at 5:09 am

    As we already discussed on Bug #1 – too bad this can’t really work on any laptop out of the box.

    Just go and try to find a laptop that comes with hardware which has 100% free drivers.

    I spent more than a week, trying to be a zealous FSF devotee, looking for a radically-free-as-in-freedom laptop and hoping to run Marks’ promised “taking freedom further” Ubuntu version, or at least a regular Ubuntu without restricted drivers – and i gave up!

    Finding a laptop with Intel video card, which has FSF-approved free drivers, is not too hard; but finding one that comes with a built-in wireless driver with FSF-approved free drivers is impossible! Anyone who wants radically-free wireless card will have to purchase an additional PCMCIA card.

    Too many drivers have binary blobs or proprietary hardware and regular Ubuntu won’t even complain about it.

    I really believe that Free-as-in-freedom Hardware is important and it is too bad that most GNU/Linux users just care about making their computer work with whatever hardware they have.

  19. Pascal says: (permalink)
    July 11th, 2007 at 6:42 am

    Gobuntu already exist…
    His name?
    Debian Etch!!!!

    Mark Shuttleworth says:

    I think the Gobuntu developers are taking an even stronger line on freedom than the DFSG. For example, Debian voted to make an exception to the DFSG for some kernel items, while Gobuntu won’t accept any non-free firmware. Every distribution has slightly different definitions of freedom and I think Gobuntu is the strictest w.r.t. the bits on the disk. I suppose you could go further and require that it only run on chips with Free VHDL, like the SPARC chips that Sun has released under the GPL.

  20. Ubuntu Life » Blog Archive » Gobuntu, nueva version de ubuntu disponible says: (permalink)
    July 11th, 2007 at 7:09 am

    [...] Shuttleworth en su blog acaba de anunciar una versión especial de desarrollo, enfocada al desarrollo de drivers y firmware [...]

  21. לינמגזין says: (permalink)
    July 11th, 2007 at 7:54 am

    Gobuntu: אובונטו חופשי במקור…

    מרק שאטלוורת’ הכריז על גירסה רשמית חדשה של אובונטו (חד…

  22. Gobuntu, enfocada al desarrollo de drivers y firmware libre en Cesarius Revolutions says: (permalink)
    July 11th, 2007 at 7:58 am

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  23. Anony Guy says: (permalink)
    July 11th, 2007 at 8:12 am

    @Aharoni
    If you don’t understand why non-Free software is bad, you’ll never understand the plight of RMS and the FSF for a completely Free operating system. The lack of good documentation is the reason why spotty hardware support exists in Linux. The problem is with proprietary hardware is the manufacturer of that hardware – they refuse to publish the relevant documentation for their hardware under acceptable terms. Because of the lack of documentation, we are forced to do things like reverse engineering drivers to extract the relevant knowledge of the hardware’s processes. Being forced to write drivers without the correct documentation is demoralising for any software developer because of the amount of extra work required to write drivers compared to writing drivers with documentation.

  24. What is Linux? says: (permalink)
    July 11th, 2007 at 9:43 am

    My Dell Inspiron E1505/6400 works out of the box in Fedora Core 6. Of course, I bought it that way, before Dell had sold laptops with Ubuntu. I carefully choose the components. Well, I did make one mistake, ATI X1400, when I should have gotten the Intel video card.

  25. Lean Fuglsang says: (permalink)
    July 11th, 2007 at 10:08 am

    Will Gobuntu be a distribution on par with Ubuntu, or only be used as a base for projects like gNewSense.
    The reason I ask, is that a lot of people would like to by a laptop, with entirely free drivers. With Dell’s Ubuntu offerings, we are almost certain that it will contain binary blobs for wireless.
    An official distribution from Canonical will make it much easier to verify if the hardware is completely ‘Free’. Just ask if it comes installed with Gobuntu, and that everything works.
    If Gobuntu can be installed, then you are almost certainly sure that Fedora, Suse, Ubuntu or any other distribution will work out the box.
    It is important that Gobuntu is full featured, since the computer manufactor will want to have something useful to put on the computer. Hope it will work out this way, and a lot of manufactors will preinstall Gobuntu – the demand is certainly there.

  26. Azrael Nightwalker says: (permalink)
    July 11th, 2007 at 10:54 am

    Amir: sometimes it’s just impossible. Wifi devices are subject to federal radio laws which were created to make sure that no user will get harmed by his radio device. That’s why some parts of the wifi drivers are required to be closed.

  27. Andrew Fenn says: (permalink)
    July 11th, 2007 at 11:05 am

    “it is too bad that most GNU/Linux users just care about making their computer work with whatever hardware they have.”

    @Amir: Yes because it would be so much better with a computer that only works with half the hardware I have. I think you have completely missed why Ubuntu is popular in the first place. Works out of the box.

    Don’t complain, help projects such as nouveau (http://nouveau.freedesktop.org/) make FLOSS graphics drivers for nvidia cards. You can complain till you are blue in the face but hardware companies are not going to change their mind and you are not going to change anyone else’s mind.

    Right now you sound like someone who is trying to force their opinion on how others should use their computers which is wrong so rather then complain and make the open source community look like a bunch of GNU zealots why don’t you go help the problem go away by contributing in a more positive manner. As someone who supports the GNU efforts and contributes code you are making the rest of us look bad with your words.

  28. darkhack says: (permalink)
    July 11th, 2007 at 11:36 am

    Mark, I don’t think Ubuntu need to change it name because of the GNU and beside Ubuntu is rather a good name since it represent community. Please think it over and hear what other Ubuntu have to say about this.

  29. Los Links de Tolito » Blog Archive » Links del 11 de Julio del 2007 says: (permalink)
    July 11th, 2007 at 11:40 am

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  30. Damned-Boy.Net «Blog» » Ecco Gobuntu (Gutsy Gibbon) Alpha! says: (permalink)
    July 11th, 2007 at 12:02 pm

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  31. tlsarles says: (permalink)
    July 11th, 2007 at 12:35 pm

    Cool… but… you didn’t really tell me what the purpose of the distro is. A mobile eddition?

  32. Shawn Q says: (permalink)
    July 11th, 2007 at 2:04 pm

    A noble cause, much luck to the team, Mark.

    Why is this nonsense with hardware continuing? Is there no way to write something that can generally convert a hardware manufacturer’s non-linux driver into something linux understands and can use?

    Although, I understand new hardware, especially concerning Wireless and Video is shaky grounds, but, c’mon – there must be something that simplifies the driver disaster, like a program that compares new drivers from a manufacturer – to a recent driver.

    Look at the way that printer drivers were universalized – there must be a way for each component, I’m sure of it.

  33. Ubuntu y la libertad « IZAMO says: (permalink)
    July 11th, 2007 at 2:55 pm

    [...] La anunciada versión de Ubuntu que se apegará a los principios de la FSF ya esta llegando, esta comenzando la actividad en torno a ella. La distribución sera llamada Gobuntu y apenas arranca, el principal problema es bastante claro y la misma Ubuntu se ha llevado criticas al respecto (por incluirlos): los drivers y el firmware que mucho hardware necesita para poder funcionar correctamente. Un poco más al respecto en el blog de Mark Shuttleworth. [...]

  34. Amir E. Aharoni says: (permalink)
    July 11th, 2007 at 3:00 pm

    @Andrew: Sorry if i sounded harsh, whining and non-productive.

    I am not a master driver hacker, so i can’t help as a coder there, but i do find other ways to make my contribution to the Free software community. *One* of those ways is that when i am shopping for a new computer, i try to go the extra mile and get one that is already supported by free drivers and in the case of buying a laptop it proved to be virtually impossible. It is frustrating to see that very few people except myself ask those questions before they purchase their computers, printers, digital media players, etc.

    I am sorry if you feel that my words make you look bad. When i ask my Linux-expert friends, which hardware should i buy to be sure that it will run with free drivers, they look at me like i was a silly freak – “so what if some drivers aren’t open source??” That makes me feel bad, so we’re even :)

    Ubuntu does run out-of-the-box on many computers, which is a strength if competition against Microsoft is the main goal. But it cannot be the only goal in the long run. And Ubuntu can also fail to run on certain pieces of hardware – and that generates complaints, which are even worse than mine.

  35. Gobuntu « Ubunteando says: (permalink)
    July 11th, 2007 at 3:41 pm

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  36. df says: (permalink)
    July 11th, 2007 at 4:39 pm

    Clarification Needed

    I am an enthusiastic Ubuntu user, but I find this web entry confusing. I cannot tell from this entry what Gobuntu is- what its objective is, and how it would be different from Ubuntu. To say it is the “freedom-focused flavour of Ubuntu” tells me little.
    Please clarify
    I could guess- maybe it mens 100% open source- or maybe it means..? ..why don’t you let us know.

    Thanks

  37. Joshua Gay says: (permalink)
    July 11th, 2007 at 4:54 pm

    Thank you for Gobuntu. However, I must ask you some things, and I hope to not come across as a bitter zealot, but as a friend.

    I don’t understand why you are being so careful with your language. You make it sound like Ubuntu or any GNU/Linux operating system isn’t already almost completely-free already. That wanting a free software operating system is some “ultra-orthodox” belief.

    You call on developers to help out on Gobuntu like this is some new mission–that all of a sudden, just now, the free and open source communities are working to create an all free operating system. As if this hasn’t been happening since you were 10 years old— for almost 25 years. I don’t think that asking developers to help prune out a *very small* percentage of proprietary materials and programs from a GNU/Linux distribution can accurately be thought of as “pushing the limits of content and code freedom.”

    So, why be so careful when talking about freedom all of a sudden? Is this some radical departure from Ubuntu and Canonicals current plans? Why use binary oppositions about us vs. them. I mean, is it just rhetoric, diplomacy, or ad captandum vulgus? Seriously, just be real. We know all know that it is a pain in the butt to get an all free operating system out the door, but, lets not paint it like it’s an extreme or zealous thing to want or that it’s against the grain of what we are already working for. You have a big and diverse readership and it just seems silly to be misleading.

    I mean, imagine if you presented it like this:

    “Right now I can proudly say that all distributions of Ubuntu cost nothing, and that nearly 99.5% of the software and materials we ship gives users and the community the freedoms to share, customize and improve the software however they see fit. To help remove those bits and pieces that aren’t completely free, we have worked together with the makers of gNewSense put out a distribution called Gobuntu. We hope that some day that all distributsions of Ubuntu can carry 100% of the freedoms that 99% of Ubuntu already comes with. To make that happen, and to make an all free software operating system a reality, there is a lot that needs to happen, but, most of all we need your help.”

    That may not be perfect, but, it certainly says almost the same thing without having to make it out to sound like Gobuntu is for those who have ultra-orthodox views.

    Mark Shuttleworth says:

    I do feel a bit like I’m walking through a minefield while talking about this stuff, because people have very different reactions to the idea of moderation and “steady progress” when it comes to software and content freedom. Sorry if I created the impression that a strong commitment to freedom is wrong, or fundamentalist, or somehow at odds with Ubuntu’s current position. You are absolutely right that Ubuntu’s current code is 99.5% libre, and that is it’s primary goal and reason for existence! There’s no change in our desire to move the dial completely to 100%.

    The current position in Ubuntu, where we do include firmware and some proprietary bits for hardware enablement, isn’t ideal. I believe, and I think this view is generally quite widely held, that our position is the right one in order to drive interest in software freedom to a wider audience and so help to close the final 0.5% gap. We don’t include proprietary applications like Flash or Acrobat because the whole point of Ubuntu is to show what can be achieved with free apps. However, that 0.5% rankles me and other developers. We want to be part of something which DOES have a no-compromise view of freedom. And so Gobuntu is the banner of that desire. It clearly won’t be the pragmatists choice – it’s just not going to run on a lot of modern laptops, for example. But it’s a reminder to all of us that the real goal is freedom from start to finish. I hope it will serve that purpose.

    So, in summary, I am being careful with my choice of words because this is a topic which inspires a lot of passion and also a lot of flameage. Please don’t interpret my care as if I’m distancing myself from the passion for software freedom.

    Actually, in summary, I think you said it best and I would be happy to be quoted as you suggest: “Right now I can proudly say that all distributions of Ubuntu cost nothing, and that nearly 99.5% of the software and materials we ship gives users and the community the freedoms to share, customize and improve the software however they see fit. To help remove those bits and pieces that aren’t completely free, we have worked together with the makers of gNewSense put out a distribution called Gobuntu. We hope that some day that all distributsions of Ubuntu can carry 100% of the freedoms that 99% of Ubuntu already comes with. To make that happen, and to make an all free software operating system a reality, there is a lot that needs to happen, but, most of all we need your help.”

  38. fred arnold says: (permalink)
    July 11th, 2007 at 5:05 pm

    [sarcasm] right, the world has way too many 100% Free operating systems and software already, so why not continue to reduce the number of choices for users who want Free software.[/sarcasm]

    It’s because of Free Software that Ubuntu even exists in the first place. Larding it with non-free crud is like going on a strict regime to lose weight and get fit, and then when you reach your goal go back to lying on the couch eating pork rinds all day.

    Thank you Amir for understanding the importance of Free software, and for understanding the importance of being an informed, careful user. Linux and FOSS aren’t about giving freeloaders a free-beer Windows clone; they’re about protecting the rights of users and developers.

  39. Robert Devi says: (permalink)
    July 11th, 2007 at 5:20 pm

    Amir, I agree with you, but recognize that there are reasons for including firmware:
    1) New users likely won’t have 100% “free hardware”. If you tell them that in order to even try Ubuntu they need to upgrade, they’d balk. (Witness the slow upgrade to Vista)
    2) Once new users get converted and understand the issues involved (there’s no reason to understand on Windows), if they are educated properly or run into hardware issues (e.g. the free Intel drivers supported Compiz long before NVidia), most will migrate to free hardware during their next computer upgrade or pressure their hardware manufacturers to open up.
    3) The end result of (1) and (2) is free software community increases and hardware supporting free software gets more profitable while hardware supporting proprietary software loses money and gets complaints.

    So this approach makes sense (whether you agree with it or not). The key thing to we need to make sure of, however is that,
    (1) Make it easy to know that you’re using proprietary drivers and which drivers are being used.
    (2) Make its easy to disable proprietary drivers and use the free ones if they exist (even if they’re incomplete, e.g. Nouveau, assuming it’s not ready in time).
    (3) Ensure that Ubuntu doesn’t get so tied to using proprietary drivers or firmware that it’s impossible to remove it from an installed system.
    (4) Do not, under any circumstances, provide proprietary software (i.e. only proprietary drivers and firmware) by default.
    (5) Provide education on why proprietary is bad and not sustainable
    (6) Advertise free hardware alternatives to fix the proprietary problem (telling newbies there’s a problem is pointless unless you also provide a solution) and ways to fund free drivers like Nouveau.

    I believe Ubuntu passes points 1-4 very well, but is weak on (5) and doesn’t even handle (6).

    Personally, I’d love to see the restricted drivers application be modified to have a button (beside the disable driver button) outlining possible alternatives.

  40. FreeSoftNews » Blog Archive » Mark Shuttleworth: Gobuntu is… go says: (permalink)
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  41. 本日書籤 07/12/2007 « penk - Keep on rockin’ in the free world says: (permalink)
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  42. Amir E. Aharoni says: (permalink)
    July 11th, 2007 at 6:49 pm

    @Robert Devi: I totally agree with all your points.

    Indeed, i wish that someone would educate the general public about the problems of non-free hardware. Currently there are two organizations that care about it: FSF and OpenBSD. I have immense respect to both of them, but they are not exactly end-user-friendly and they are hardly trying to be. Maybe Ubuntu can be friendlier.

    Another problem is that people that already know about the trouble with blobs, like me, still have a hard time putting their awareness to practice – i couldn’t find a laptop that came with 100% free-as-in-freedom hardware out of the box. There are very few websites that help people find free hardware and those that do exist are incomplete, out-of-date and not too easy to browse.

    To put it short – i do think that radical freedom is the right direction; unlike FSF, i don’t think that distributing restricted drivers on the installation CD is an unforgivable sin; but i do hope that by the time Ubuntu 8.10 is released the Gobuntu version will be the default installation CD and the restricted drivers version will be the “alternate installation” CD.

    > fund free drivers like Nouveau

    According to their homepage, Nouveau don’t want funding.

  43. deanlinkous says: (permalink)
    July 11th, 2007 at 7:13 pm

    current differences from the *regular* version are what?

  44. oshelpdesk.org » Freies Ubuntu says: (permalink)
    July 11th, 2007 at 7:55 pm

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  45. Tom-buntu » Blog Archive » Launchpad Component Released as Open Source says: (permalink)
    July 11th, 2007 at 9:15 pm

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  46. Tom-buntu » Blog Archive » The Beginning of an Open Launchpad? says: (permalink)
    July 11th, 2007 at 9:18 pm

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  47. johnS says: (permalink)
    July 11th, 2007 at 10:25 pm

    Great news for some, but, for me at the moment, I am shackled to some proprietary stuff still, mainly due to the nature of my work although I do try to use mainly free, but, then is it a mortal sin to distribute nonfree drivers, it is an absolute necessity that sometimes cannot be escaped, to be honest, if everyone believed in the approach of radical freedom, it would cease to be a matter of choice.
    Hence, my opening line, great news for some.

  48. Joshua Gay says: (permalink)
    July 11th, 2007 at 11:35 pm

    @Amir E. Aharoni

    “To put it short – i do think that radical freedom is the right direction; unlike FSF, i don’t think that distributing restricted drivers on the installation CD is an unforgivable sin;”

    We don’t promote “radical freedom.” We don’t maliciously call people from the FLOSS communities “unforgivable sinners.” We promote free software.

    Joshua Gay
    Campaigns Manager
    Free Software Foundation

  49. Andrew Fenn says: (permalink)
    July 12th, 2007 at 3:17 am

    I agree with Robert’s points and I am also left wondering why we need Gobuntu at all…

    My reasoning for this is why can’t we just expand the restricted drivers list to be the restricted drivers/software/firmware list.

    This would:
    - Improve user awareness of how much of their system is not free
    - Allow GNU users to uninstall the non-free software / firmware with alternatives
    - Give the community a kind of measurement of how far we have to go before having a completely free system

    This would seem to be the better option in my opinion as it allows Ubuntu users to mix and match restricted with free alternatives that aren’t quite ready or stable yet at their option.

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  55. Karl Goetz says: (permalink)
    July 12th, 2007 at 11:45 am

    @ All

    Have you had a look at gNewSense’s bug #00001?
    http://bugs.gnewsense.org/Bugs/00001
    Summary: Not all software is Free

    Seems relevent to this conversation :)

    @ Mark

    I better have a look,
    I’ve been wondering what it’ll be like!

    @ Amir

    > As we already discussed on Bug #1 – too bad this can’t really work on any laptop out of the box.

    Sadly, this is true of any modern laptop. However its not true of all desktops, and just because some parts of your laptop doenst work doesnt mean you cant use the distro – i’ve never used my infrared for example, or my modem (its a supported winmodem)

    > And Ubuntu can also fail to run on certain pieces of hardware – and that generates complaints, which are even worse than mine.

    Nothing “out of the box” runs on all pieces of hardware. its just not usually obvious to the “end user”

    > Indeed, i wish that someone would educate the general public about the problems of non-free hardware.

    People do, just not in huge scale. Mostly because its smalltimer groups doing the education :)

    @ Robert

    > (3) Ensure that Ubuntu doesn’t get so tied to using proprietary drivers or firmware that it’s impossible to remove it from an installed system.

    > I believe Ubuntu passes points 1-4 very well,

    I dont know for sure in 6.10 and 7.04, but up to and including 6.06 (LTS) it *was impossible* to remove all the non free firmware without a kernel recompile.

    > (4) Do not, under any circumstances, provide proprietary software (i.e. only proprietary drivers and firmware) by default.

    Drivers and firmware *are* software, thats the problem. I do understand what your saying though.

    Karl.
    gNewSense Friend.

  56. Links of Interest 7/12/07 » CyberSurge says: (permalink)
    July 12th, 2007 at 2:04 pm

    [...] Gobuntu is… Go – “Thanks to Colin and Evan’s efforts we now have daily images of a freedom-focused flavour of Ubuntu, “Gobuntu”. This is a call for developers… [Mark Shuttleworth] [...]

  57. Ubuntu launches free (and less useful) Gobuntu distribution | Computers,Gadgets,Software,Hardware,SEO,Mac,Apple says: (permalink)
    July 12th, 2007 at 2:16 pm

    [...] to complaints from some in the free software community, Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth has announced the launch of Gobuntu, a version of Ubuntu with no proprietary [...]

  58. Michiel de Boer says: (permalink)
    July 12th, 2007 at 2:21 pm

    In this discussion, besides the evermore annoying references to GNU developers and users as ‘zealots’, a very important point is missing:
    Including binary kernel modules (wether or not runtime linking trickery is used) on a distribution is ILLEGAL.
    http://kororaa.org/static.php?page=gpl

    The only reason Ubuntu isn’t being prosecuted right now for GPL violation is that the FSF doesn’t want to cause a rift within the community. The discussion about wether or not binary driver inclusion is PRACTICAL is IRRELEVANT.

    Mark Shuttleworth says:

    Michiel, I am not proud of the fact that Ubuntu includes non-free drivers, any more than the DD’s as a whole are proud of the fact that non-free is still part of Debian. But I am certain that it is not illegal. After an extensive review process of the code involved and the packaging structure we are all satisfied that the GPLv2 is not being violated by Ubuntu. That doesn’t make it an ideal solution – an ideal solution is to move the world to get general consensus from the whole PC market that free software is the better approach. I hope you’d agree that the Ubuntu community is helping move the world in that direction.

  59. Mark says: (permalink)
    July 12th, 2007 at 2:22 pm

    Will you be taking this opportunity to resolve bug 83118? https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+bug/83118

  60. J-Man says: (permalink)
    July 12th, 2007 at 2:56 pm

    I think this is the best move for freedom in the computing world.

    There are far too many people in this world that needs the knowledge without having to owe their life earnings to some company which makes millions and give nothing back.

    I think the ultimate goal should not always be making technology for return profit but to pass knowledge to those who are ignorant to a fast pacing world, in return…make a better world. I know there are billions of ideas out there which can improve the present but cannot because of monitary limitations regardless of planetary location.

    Thank you for the continue efforts, looking forward to free as in “completely free beer”.

  61. Totally "free" Ubuntu? That's the plan for Gobuntu | Server software says: (permalink)
    July 12th, 2007 at 3:19 pm

    [...] founder Mark Shuttleworth has announced a new "freedom-focused flavour of Ubuntu" devoid of any proprietary software, which may [...]

  62. Mario Young says: (permalink)
    July 12th, 2007 at 4:16 pm

    Hello Mark:

    Thank you for the CD’s I live in Panama(Central America) and I get my cds for free… thanks

    you should see this -> http://www.thejemreport.com/mambo/content/view/325
    Is about Launchpad and Ubuntu

    Byee, and thanks again

    Mark Shuttleworth says:

    I did read that article. It’s certainly a valid criticism that free software principles should be applied to every tool in the chain, and we would like to ensure that Launchpad is free software. At this stage, though, having multiple Launchpad instances would completely defeat the point of Launchpad (use it for a while and I think you’ll understand why). We think we have a roadmap to open sourcing Launchpad and we are working towards that. BTW, There were a lot of ads on the same page served by Yahoo’s proprietary web ad service ;-).

  63. FreeSoftNews » Blog Archive » Totally “free” Ubuntu? That’s the plan for Gobuntu says: (permalink)
    July 12th, 2007 at 6:09 pm

    [...] founder Mark Shuttleworth has announced a new “freedom-focused flavour of Ubuntu” devoid of any proprietary software, which may [...]

  64. » What’s the point of Gobuntu? | Hardware 2.0 | ZDNet.com says: (permalink)
    July 12th, 2007 at 6:14 pm

    [...] Gobuntu?  Here’s how Shuttleworth describes it: It is a flavour of Ubuntu (like Kubuntu or Xubuntu) that is basically the same desktop environment [...]

  65. Brian Kemp says: (permalink)
    July 12th, 2007 at 7:47 pm

    Mary said:
    I won’t be running it, because I like being able to use wireless, but I do look forward, in the future, to being able to consider making hardware choices based on “how usable would this machine be, running Gobuntu?” Hope there’s a model listing at some future point!

    There are quite a few wireless B cards that run in Feisty using the non-binary Atmel driver: http://at76c503a.berlios.de/ I haven’t scanned the driver for binary firmware bits but it seems to avoid the binary-only HAL of the other Atmel driver.

    Pascal said:
    Gobuntu already exist…
    His name?
    Debian Etch!!!!

    Etch contains binary firmware; Debian voted to keep it in. Example: ESS Maestro 3 card contains firmware. I know–I filed the bug to disable it in gNewSense.

    I said:

    I’m looking forward to this. I’m really curious if my current gNewSense box has the same functionality running Gobuntu.

  66. bob_robertson says: (permalink)
    July 12th, 2007 at 11:54 pm

    Mark,

    Step 1: Debian filters for Libre software through the Debian Free Software Guidelines.

    Step 2: Ubuntu takes Debian packages, adds patent/copyright restricted code and content.

    Step 3: Gobuntu takes Ubuntu packages, takes away patent/copyright restricted code and content.

    Step 4: ???

    Step 5: Profit!

    Ok, so steps 4 and 5 were added for humor.

    Really, WTF? I just don’t get it.

    The only reason I can think of for Gobuntu to exist is name recognition, to ride on the coattails of all the press and freaky fan-boy weblog traffic.

    Mark Shuttleworth says:

    Bob, I think you miss a couple of points. Debian includes several non-free items that Gobuntu does not, such as binary firmware. Gobuntu exists as a no-compromise platform, and should make it easier for people making derivatives like gNewSense to collaborate with the Ubuntu project because there is a common starting point.

  67. Linux Platense » Blog Archive » Gobuntu, el Ubuntu totalmente libre says: (permalink)
    July 12th, 2007 at 11:57 pm

    [...] Artículo completo en Mark Shuttleworth blog. [...]

  68. mako says: (permalink)
    July 13th, 2007 at 1:32 am

    How would one get involved? I can’t find a launchpad team or even a page on the wiki. As you might imagine, this is the kind of project I would love to get involved with but if it’s hard for me to see the next steps, it’s going to be even harder for others.

    Mark Shuttleworth says:

    Doh. Good point! I thought there was already a list setup for this but apparently there was not, so it’s in process now and I’ll announce it to ubuntu-devel-announce shortly.

  69. Ubuntu launches new “freedom-focused” Gobuntu derivative | Just.MS says: (permalink)
    July 13th, 2007 at 3:59 am

    [...] at their source, by resolving the perceived problems. Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth has announced the availability of daily CD images of a “freedom-focused flavour of Ubuntu” called [...]

  70. Ashish Shukla says: (permalink)
    July 13th, 2007 at 4:43 am

    I’m glad, Ubuntu releasing a distro with strict adherance to Freedom with no binary blobs attached :)

    Thanks

  71. Ubuntao| Ubuntu | Python | Google » Blog Archive » Gobuntu says: (permalink)
    July 13th, 2007 at 5:02 am

    [...] “It is a flavour of Ubuntu (like Kubuntu or Xubuntu) that is basically the same desktop environment as Ubuntu (a GNOME desktop) and a very strict set of restrictions on the licences of code and content. This means that we try to strip out ANYTHING which is not modifiable and redistributable, including firmware, PDF’s, video footage, sounds etc. We are trying to apply the FSF “rights” definition to everything in the platform. Gobuntu will not correctly enable much hardware today – but it exists as a banner for the cause of software freedom and as a reference of what IS possible with a totally rigorous approach. The goal is to make it a real point of pride to be able to run Gobuntu on a laptop or desktop or server, because it means that all of the stars have aligned to ensure that you have complete freedom to use that hardware with free software.” –Mark Shuttleworth [...]

  72. Novo derivado oficial do Ubuntu chama-se… says: (permalink)
    July 13th, 2007 at 8:00 am

    [...] Foi este o nome escolhido para a versão 100% livre da famosa distribuição de Linux. Mark Shuttleworth anunciou-o no seu blog, deixando parte da comunidade um pouco “espantada” já que todos esperavam que o [...]

  73. Un laptop completamente free per Mark « iLLusion bloG says: (permalink)
    July 13th, 2007 at 9:31 am

    [...] free per Mark 13 07 2007 Dopo il rilascio della versione completamente liber di Ubuntu, Gobuntu, Mark Shuttleworth ha intenzione di ampliare il progetto di PC completamente open. Il papà di [...]

  74. Gobuntu - A Freedom Branch From Ubuntu | iface thoughts says: (permalink)
    July 13th, 2007 at 9:37 am

    [...] is a new Linux distribution in the town – Gobuntu (via Ryan Paul). Mark Suttleworth explained it as a puristic distribution that will avoid [...]

  75. joeb says: (permalink)
    July 13th, 2007 at 9:38 am

    I like the GNU Philosophy. I like Ubuntu. I like the Gobuntu idea.
    But… why Gobuntu???
    KDE = Kubuntu
    XFCE = Xubuntu
    Education = Edubuntu
    GNU = Gobuntu?

    Why not Gubuntu?
    Please think about it…

    Mark Shuttleworth says:

    I thought the perfect name would be Gnubuntu, and discussed it with the FSF. RMS was concerned that calling this Gnubuntu would suggest that Ubuntu and Kubuntu are in some way “not GNU”. So, in deference to that opinion, we came up with the name Gobuntu.

  76. Novo derivado oficial do Ubuntu chama-se… | Open Mania says: (permalink)
    July 13th, 2007 at 10:49 am

    [...] este o nome escolhido para a versão 100% livre da famosa distribuição de Linux. Mark Shuttleworth anunciou-o no seu blog, deixando parte da comunidade um pouco “espantada” já que todos esperavam que o [...]

  77. Linux OS » Gobuntu, Ubuntu quiere hacerse 100% libre says: (permalink)
    July 13th, 2007 at 11:53 am

    [...] Shuttleworth anuncia en su blog el lanzamiento de Gobuntu, la versión 100% libre de Ubuntu. Con el mismo nombre de la ficticia distribución que usaban los [...]

  78. Understanding » Gobuntu and the push for hardware freedom says: (permalink)
    July 13th, 2007 at 12:34 pm

    [...] Shuttleworth announced Gobuntu as the new base for gNewSense and recently posted a follow-up article about it that suggests wheels [...]

  79. joeb says: (permalink)
    July 13th, 2007 at 3:02 pm

    *ups* first read, then post ;-)
    sorry for doublepost. Please delete one… thanks

  80. Gobuntu, Un Ubuntu Completamente Libre « Quisqueya Libre says: (permalink)
    July 13th, 2007 at 4:51 pm

    [...] * Artículo completo en Mark Shuttleworth blog. [...]

  81. Paul O'Malley says: (permalink)
    July 13th, 2007 at 8:11 pm

    As Mark said in his introduction three cheers for Colin and Evan, and let it be known near and far that I for one welcome gobuntu, it will make our job easier (and hopefully one day redundant). This distribution like our own shows that there is a problem in the world, and while we may not be able to solve it directly I reiterate the call that Greg Kroah-Hartman made recently.

    This was his mentioning of the fact that if specs are made available to Linux programmers (the driver devs), then perhaps we can find more source in the kernel and reduce the problems that non free drivers create.

    However as people in the gNewSense camp are aware, there are about 140 files in the kernel which when you take a hatchet to them remove microcode.
    (*cough* Thus I am having to say bad marks to Marks and his claim of 99.5% free almost totally waffle it a much higher free content than that.) ;-)

    This it is often claimed is what makes stuff work. My only question to the people who release the microcode that gets pumped into the kernel is this, why is it necessary to do this, can we have assem, or some such so as to be able to at least determine why those strange and bizarre lockups happen.

    Anyway all that aside, it is great work from these guys, and perhaps they would like to toy around with our burning dog hack for as a replacement for the browser who’s name we dare not speak. ;-)

  82. Amir E. Aharoni says: (permalink)
    July 13th, 2007 at 8:39 pm

    Joshua Gay wrote:
    > Amir E. Aharoni wrote:
    > > “To put it short – i do think that radical freedom is the right direction;
    > > unlike FSF, i don’t think that distributing restricted drivers on
    > > the installation CD is an unforgivable sin;”

    > We don’t promote “radical freedom.” We don’t maliciously call people from
    > the FLOSS communities “unforgivable sinners.” We promote free software.

    I hope that you understood that i was just being sarcastic … I apologize if it hurt you. :)

    IIRC, “Radical freedom” is a term that Mark used.

  83. Fred Arnold says: (permalink)
    July 13th, 2007 at 10:01 pm

    Closed-source kernel modules are illegal, Mr. Shuttleworth. This is indisputable. Here is but one reference to the issue:
    http://www.kroah.com/log/linux/ols_2006_keynote.html

    I am pleased to see another 100% libre distribution forming. There are nearly unlimited choices for non-free operating systems and linux all crudded up with proprietary code. But only gNewSense and a very carefully-tailored Debian for 100% free.

  84. Vincent says: (permalink)
    July 14th, 2007 at 9:38 am

    I thought the perfect name would be Gnubuntu, and discussed it with the FSF. RMS was concerned that calling this Gnubuntu would suggest that Ubuntu and Kubuntu are in some way “not GNU”. So, in deference to that opinion, we came up with the name Gobuntu.

    OK, so we know why it’s not Gnubuntu. But why is it Gobuntu? What is the philosophy around “Go”? Or did you just think it sounded nice? :P

  85. Paul O'Malley says: (permalink)
    July 14th, 2007 at 12:38 pm

    After Tunis there was a project in waiting called gnubuntu which begat ubuntu-libre which begat gNewSense, long story short, this is what happened.

    the rest is marketing and there ya go

    P.

  86. Fabio Locati says: (permalink)
    July 14th, 2007 at 12:54 pm

    In my opinion is very good…

    ..but at today… I fear I am the only gobuntu user…. is possible?

    PS: Mark, I sent you a mail (mark.shuttleworth@canonical.com) this morning ;).

    PPS: I have read all the post…. In you opinion, Debian (with only the main repository) is 100% free software?

  87. as days pass by » Blog Archive » The respect re-build says: (permalink)
    July 14th, 2007 at 2:22 pm

    [...] but I’m deeply, deeply pleased to see that I was wrong all along. First, there’s Gobuntu, the promised totally-free version of Ubuntu, as part of the next Ubuntu release. (I’ve [...]

  88. Disponibile la prima immagine di Gobuntu | Tecnologia says: (permalink)
    July 14th, 2007 at 3:00 pm

    [...] sognato una distribuzione Linux completamente open source, allora sarete felici di sapere che Mark Shuttleworth, il fondatore di Ubuntu, ha appena annunciato una nuova versione del sistema denominata Gubuntu e [...]

  89. th says: (permalink)
    July 14th, 2007 at 3:17 pm

    Gnubuntu would have been cooler name :P

  90. Peter Miller : OS Chasing (Part 4): Running In a Big Circle says: (permalink)
    July 14th, 2007 at 10:16 pm

    [...] See Mark Pilgrim’s blog, Dive Into Mark, and Gobuntu Share this post: Email it! | bookmark it! | digg it! | [...]

  91. Cousas do Meluco » Blog Archive » Gobuntu: cara os ordenadores 100% libres. says: (permalink)
    July 15th, 2007 at 12:16 am

    [...] nueva variedad de sistema operativo se suma a la familia Ubuntu: Gobuntu. En este caso el matiz consiste en intentar excluir cualquier tipo de software o contenido que no [...]

  92. Amir E. Aharoni says: (permalink)
    July 15th, 2007 at 7:17 am

    > Azrael Nightwalker Says:
    > Amir: sometimes it’s just impossible. Wifi devices are subject to federal radio
    > laws which were created to make sure that no user will get harmed by his radio
    > device. That’s why some parts of the wifi drivers are required to be closed.

    I know very little about WiFi and about hardware in general.

    There are several reasons for the hardware manufacturers not release specifications and source code. The “FCC regulations” excuse is cited every now and then, particularly about Intel cards. Nevertheless, some manufacturers do pass the FSF test for being free-as-in-freedom.

    Maybe the hardware with the closed source is technically better; but i guess that i don’t need these improvements. My use for WiFi, if at all, will be connecting to a wireless access point in a coffee-shop or a university every now and then. AFAIK, these circumstances don’t require an exceptionally good card. If cards by the more open manufacturers were so bad in comparison to the closed ones, then i guess that they would just be out of business.

    Now why do i rely on FSF so much? Because i respect the FSF, because i support their message of freedom, and because there’s no-one else to rely on. The FSF people dedicate their time to help the society make the best and the fullest use of hardware and software. By its nature, the FSF is a very open organization, so if they would say something that is technically wrong or stupid, then someone would correct them (or maybe sue them) quickly enough.

  93. Musings of a Wired Pig 2.0 » Blog Archive » Completely FREE Ubuntu? says: (permalink)
    July 16th, 2007 at 1:48 am

    [...] FREE of any restricted or proprietary software and drivers. Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth has said that Gobuntu will be a “freedom-focused flavor of Ubuntu” devoid of any proprietary [...]

  94. Gobuntu: distribucion 100% libre. says: (permalink)
    July 16th, 2007 at 7:06 am

    [...] Mark Shuttleworth. Enlace: Gobuntu 7.10 Comparte este articulo:Estos íconos enlazan con webs de marcadores sociales [...]

  95. Ivan says: (permalink)
    July 16th, 2007 at 10:55 am

    It would be good for a start to adopt a practice of using terms Free Software instead of opensource and GNU/Linux (GNU+LInux or whatever that showes the combination of GNU and Linux) instead of Linux.

  96. ian smith says: (permalink)
    July 16th, 2007 at 12:42 pm

    Nice one Mark!!!!!!!!,

    Shame there are so many idiots who can neither read nor understand the OP. I’ll be following progress for sure . . .

    Ian.

  97. FreeSoftNews » Blog Archive » Ubuntu Weekly News: Issue #48 says: (permalink)
    July 16th, 2007 at 3:16 pm

    [...] of Ubuntu, such as Kubuntu and Edubuntu with the upcoming 7.10 release. You can read more at http://www.markshuttleworth.com/archives/130 and download the first test iso at [...]

  98. Ubuntao » Blog 存档 » Ubuntu每周简讯 #48 says: (permalink)
    July 16th, 2007 at 4:20 pm

    [...] Shuttleworth 在他的blog里宣布了一个完全”Free”版本的Ubuntu,名为Gobuntu.(不要理解为Google [...]

  99. cryingFreeman says: (permalink)
    July 16th, 2007 at 5:07 pm

    Nice initiative.

    You should set up some sort of Gobuntu/gNewSense Certification process for hardware manufacturers/models to go through. :)

    It would be cool to be able to easily see which hardware to buy in order to be 100% free. Some sort of Black-/Whitelist thing.

  100. Paulo Gomes says: (permalink)
    July 16th, 2007 at 6:15 pm

    Congratulations, Mark. I Was one of those that opposed (and will oppose) the inclusion of binary blobs by default in Ubuntu. It is now fair to acknowledge that this is a step in the right direction.

    I suspect my “old” Toshiba laptop will work fine with Gobuntu (it does with gNewSense). I am willing to try it, but I would rather do it with a LiveCD. When will one be available?

    One final question: I still don’t get what the “go” in Gobuntu stands for.

  101. Gobuntu, el Ubuntu totalmente libre says: (permalink)
    July 16th, 2007 at 8:58 pm

    [...] Artículo completo en Mark Shuttleworth blog. [...]

  102. Blog Goobuntu | Linux | Gmail | Google | Herramientas | Noticias » Blog Archive » Gobuntu: ¿un proyecto para acallar voces o para incentivar los drivers libres? says: (permalink)
    July 17th, 2007 at 1:15 am

    [...] | Anuncio de Gobuntu | Genbeta Descarga | [...]

  103. kbglob - tecnologia para geeks, no para tu mamá » Gobuntu dentro de Ubuntu says: (permalink)
    July 17th, 2007 at 4:19 am

    [...] Comenta mark Shuttleworth que desde estos días va a aparecer Gobuntu para ser descargado desde los servidores de Ubuntu y se hará una compilación diaria. Que es Gobuntu y que significa todo esto? Gobuntu es “sabor” de ubuntu que saca todo lo no libre (pdf, drivers, etc). Lo que esto significa es que desde ahora la distribución de esta versión será dada desde Ubuntu y que cuentan con el apoyo y la infraestructura de toda la comunidad!!! [...]

  104. sshlog » Gobuntu says: (permalink)
    July 17th, 2007 at 2:58 pm

    [...] 宣佈 Gobuntu 開始。 a number of comments have asked what Gobuntu is. It is a flavour of Ubuntu (like Kubuntu [...]

  105. Gobuntu | Logan Elm Technology says: (permalink)
    July 17th, 2007 at 5:29 pm

    [...] with Gobuntu, it is a “flavor” of Ubuntu with a focus on free software. According to Mark Shuttleworth’s blog, it is a “…freedom-focused flavour of Ubuntu.” “The goal is to provide a [...]

  106. Aharoni in Unicode, ya mama It’s decreed the people rule « says: (permalink)
    July 17th, 2007 at 7:39 pm

    [...] I sent a few messages similar to the one that i posted here recently to forums concerning Linux, gNewSense, Ubuntu etc. I have also posted a few comments* to the post on Mark Shuttleworth’s blog, where he announces the first developer release of Gob…. [...]

  107. jmaslibre says: (permalink)
    July 17th, 2007 at 10:30 pm

    Great news!!!.

  108. Informatica XP Blog » Blog Archive » GOBuntu Disponible para su Descarga says: (permalink)
    July 18th, 2007 at 4:04 am

    [...] Enlace | Anuncio de GobuntuDescarga [...]

  109. Zell Faze says: (permalink)
    July 18th, 2007 at 4:06 am

    I think the idea of a completly free as in freedom version of ubuntu is a great idea, im going to make it a thing to tell my friends and family that use ubuntu about it. I sincerly hope I can help and maybe my brother and one of my freinds can help. But I must ask why didnt someone think of this earlier. Btw you guys should make the mail form say email instead, I gave it an adress.

  110. Khaled Khalil says: (permalink)
    July 18th, 2007 at 2:31 pm

    sorry i am still little confused, what Gobuntu should do while gNewSens already exists ?
    and as far as i know it is also Ubuntu based ?
    why doesn’t Ubuntu community contributes into gNewSens instead ? or they have their different approach ?

  111. MainakGhosh.com » Blog Archive » Totally “free” Ubuntu? That’s the plan for Gobuntu says: (permalink)
    July 19th, 2007 at 3:13 pm

    [...] founder Mark Shuttleworth has announced a new “freedom-focused flavour of Ubuntu” devoid of any proprietary software, which may [...]

  112. SAMBI » Blog Archive » ULTIMO MINUTO says: (permalink)
    July 21st, 2007 at 4:42 am

    [...] Shuttleworth, ha anunciado Gobuntu, además en su blog publica “una llamada a los desarrolladores que estén interesados [...]

  113. SAMBI » Blog Archive » Ubuntu-Linux says: (permalink)
    July 21st, 2007 at 4:33 pm

    [...] MINUTO:Mark Shuttleworth, ha anunciado Gobuntu, además en su blog publica “una llamada a los desarrolladores que estén interesados en [...]

  114. Mở - Tự do « Kỹ Thuật Máy tính says: (permalink)
    July 24th, 2007 at 6:30 pm

    [...] it the Dell laptops deal? The costless CD shipping from Shipit? The launch of the fully-free Gobuntu? Or will it be the liberation of the proprietary Launchpad platform? No, [...]

  115. Zagadka says: (permalink)
    July 26th, 2007 at 7:48 am

    [...] “(…) we try to strip out ANYTHING which is not modifiable and redistributable, including firmware, PDFs, video footage, sounds etc. We are trying to apply the FSF “rights” definition to everything in the platform. Gobuntu will not correctly enable much hardware today – but it exists as a banner for the cause of software freedom and as a reference of what IS possible with a totally rigorous approach. The goal is to make it a real point of pride to be able to run Gobuntu on a laptop or desktop or server, because it means that all of the stars have aligned to ensure that you have complete freedom to use that hardware with free software. (…)” (http://www.markshuttleworth.com/archives/130) [...]

  116. Sam Arthur Allen says: (permalink)
    July 26th, 2007 at 9:01 am

    WTF?^W^W A 100% free system?!

    I’ll be jumping on the bandwagon writing the free device drivers when it’s out.

    -Sam

  117. Open Solaris, Gobuntu, be careful who you kiss : Command Line Warriors says: (permalink)
    August 5th, 2007 at 10:06 pm

    [...] I have been following is Gobuntu, a special version of Ubuntu that is optimised for freedom, as Mark Shuttleworth points out: It is a flavour of Ubuntu (like Kubuntu or Xubuntu) that is basically the same desktop environment [...]

  118. Balance In Eden « citizen geek says: (permalink)
    August 9th, 2007 at 5:21 am

    [...] 35 cool applications to install on Ubuntu 7.04. Or any Linux distribution, for that matter. And Gobuntu! [...]

  119. Fake News Goobuntu, o Linux do Google says: (permalink)
    August 26th, 2007 at 3:46 am

    [...] Este é o caso, hoje estava navegando nos novos artigos de tecnologia do Rec6 e me deparei com esta noticia: Vem aí o sistema operacional do Google? Pois bem, eu fui pesquisar, afinal achei estranha a noticia, sempre existem boatos de que o Google poderia criar um sistema operacional baseado em Linux, mas nunca houve uma confirmação de fato dada pela empresa, e também, por conhecer noticias passadas sobre outro sistema derivado do Ubuntu, o Gobuntu, resolvi pesquisar um pouco: Gobuntu – Ubuntu para amantes do OpenSource Gobuntu is… go [...]

  120. Ubuntu 100% libre!! « Ubuntero Parlante says: (permalink)
    August 27th, 2007 at 5:24 am

    [...] Mark Shuttleworth (presidente de la fundación ubuntu): Gobuntu is go [...]

  121. Gobuntu & FreeSoftwareLaptop « 100% Linux Addict says: (permalink)
    August 30th, 2007 at 12:59 pm

    [...] yang sangat menarik perhatian saya ketika mengunjungi blog beliau sore ini, yang pertama adalah Gobuntu dan FreeSoftwareLaptop [...]

  122. Eric1726 says: (permalink)
    September 15th, 2007 at 11:05 am

    Hello,

    Eric, from Belgium. Multiple sclerosis. Webmaster of websites 100% w3C and webXact compliants.

    The whole thing is great but just a few suggestion :

    1. Quanta + is great but an iintegrated wysiwyg css editor would drive Quanta + to a Quanta +++
    2. automated video encoder to flv (with sound) would be great too
    3. i would think for a screen reader for blind persons too (may be it exists but i don’t know where)

    Those are the only reason for rebooting twice a day… just to test !

    Sorry for my poor english, i don’t practice since i left Monsanto and Polaroid 15 years ago.

    All the best

    Eric

  123. Free Ubuntu? « No.Issue says: (permalink)
    October 10th, 2007 at 11:54 am

    [...] déclinaison entièrement ouverte de sa distribution. Ainsi il a annoncé il y a quelques jours, le lancement de Gobuntu. Ce projet a pour but de proposer une déclinaison entièrement libre de Ubuntu, se plaçant ainsi [...]

  124. kuro » Archivo del weblog » Gutsy Gibbon Release Cadidate (RC) says: (permalink)
    October 15th, 2007 at 12:31 am

    [...] una variante de Ubuntu llamada Gobuntu, que cumple según lo expresado por Mark Shuttlework en su blog con las 4 libertades del proyecto GNU, al eliminar todos aquellos paquetes y/o firmware [...]

  125. Zeitrafferin » Julia Seeliger » Affenstark: Mal wieder ein neues (K)Ubuntu-Linux says: (permalink)
    October 19th, 2007 at 11:28 am

    [...] Desktops wählen (Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu) oder Ubuntu-Schulversionen (Edubuntu) benutzen – GoBuntu will absolute Freiheit von Proprietärität realisieren, das ganze im gewohnten Ubuntu-Komfort. Das [...]

  126. Munich Unix » Blog Archive » Mark Shuttleworth: “Gobuntu is… go” says: (permalink)
    October 28th, 2007 at 2:54 pm

    [...] read more | digg story [...]

  127. atomicforce says: (permalink)
    November 22nd, 2007 at 10:50 pm

    Mark, I read your blog since I installed Ubuntu on my pc but this is my first answer here…
    I have to ask, as I understand that goBuntu is pure system with free content so I could install it on my company’s pc or something like that without paying any fee, am I right?
    If so have you thought about running special hardware platform for “buntu” os?
    I am talking about something “macbook” like but with ubuntu on board?

    Thanks

  128. eric1726 says: (permalink)
    December 6th, 2007 at 8:15 pm

    Mark,

    It’s nice to put a rel=”external nofollow” on urls but i got a backlink from here ! lmao

    Be sure I am one of yours and if you read this, try to translate this page

    http://www.sclerose-humour.be/sep/microsoft-handicap.html

    Amazing but true

    Sincerely yours

    Eric

  129. Tecnologia » Blog Archiv » Gobuntu: ¿un proyecto para acallar voces o para incentivar los drivers libres? says: (permalink)
    December 7th, 2007 at 7:03 pm

    [...] | Anuncio de Gobuntu Descarga | [...]

  130. Gobuntu - skyisgrey.org says: (permalink)
    December 20th, 2007 at 1:02 am

    [...] is a new “freedom-focused flavour of Ubuntu” a.k.a. Ubuntu without proprietary software components. [...]

  131. TuxJournal.net » Gobuntu: la distribuzione completamente free says: (permalink)
    March 21st, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    [...] è stata annunciata da Mark Shuttleworth sul proprio blog e sembra rappresentare la versione completamente [...]