Happy 25th GNU

I first heard of Stephen Fry when he narrated The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Then, I saw him in V for Vendetta. Today, I can only highly recommend you look at Freedom Fry – Happy Birthday to GNU.

GNU is 25 years old. Wow, it has come a long way. The Hurd is nowhere to be reckoned with, but Stephen does talk about Linux being a pillar. I have no idea why he seems to mention gNewSense, as I’m sure the non-free binary blobs usually entails something like working wireless, or working video, etc. Ubuntu with is non-free blobs, IMHO, is the best choice for new users…

Its interesting to see the MacBook Air perched on his coffee table (try running gNewSense on that baby). Its also useful to note that the video is played using the Fluendo Cortado Java app.

Must watch video. And Happy Birthday GNU… you definitely shaped my professional life for the better

  • James

    Video works ok with no blobs, but gnewsense removes glx because of a slightly dodgy license, so 3D is out.

  • What about suspend/resume? Video tends to fail upon resume, which can be annoying. 3D is pretty important, also… Urm, external displays? Another thing that sometimes fails without blobs.

    Then again, I don’t buy any hardware with nvidia chipsets… The old adage of stick with Intel is etched in my head (even then, sometimes, it fails…) Such is life

  • James

    Yeah, intel graphics don’t have any binary blobs so they should just work as well as in a regular distro. I’m somewhat of a gamer so I run the nvidia driver, so I dunno how any other graphics chipsets do with suspend/resume or external displays, either with blobs or free drivers. The other main blobs in regular distros are firmware that’s loaded into devices – gnewsense removes them.

  • James

    Yeah, intel graphics don't have any binary blobs so they should just work as well as in a regular distro. I'm somewhat of a gamer so I run the nvidia driver, so I dunno how any other graphics chipsets do with suspend/resume or external displays, either with blobs or free drivers. The other main blobs in regular distros are firmware that's loaded into devices – gnewsense removes them.


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