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Gobuntu to become installation option in Ubuntu

By Nikolai Sivertsen on June 17, 2008 (7:00:00 PM)

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According to the Ubuntu development team and Ubuntu Community Manager Jono Bacon, the Ubuntu derivative Gobuntu has been sucking up too many resources and will therefore be dropped in favour of an installation option in Ubuntu that installs only free software.

Almost a year ago the Ubuntu developers founded Gobuntu in order to offer a version of Ubuntu that did not include any proprietary components. Gobuntu was supposed to be a distro that stringently followed the guidelines of the Free Software Foundation. Free software licenses allow users to study the source code and modify the software to their liking without any limitations. Many people refuse to run proprietary software because they do not want to be limited by a license in what they can do with their computers.

In the default configuration Ubuntu includes few components that can be characterized as non-free, such as a few binary-only firmware components and drivers, and Gobuntu does away with these. Ubuntu lacked enough resources to maintain Gobuntu, but the project will not be abandoned entirely.

Bacon emphasized that the Ubuntu Project will continue to support a distro that is made entirely of free software. The upcoming version of Ubuntu, scheduled to be released in late October and codenamed Intrepid Ibex, will carry an installation option that installs only free software. Updates of all Gobuntu components will be merged into the mainline branch.

Nikolai Sivertsen is an avid Linux user who enjoys fiddling around with his OS.

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Gobuntu to become installation option in Ubuntu

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 78.32.109.170] on June 17, 2008 08:01 PM
It's about time too!

They probably should/could include the other derivatives (Kubuntu, Xubuntu and possibly Edubuntu) as options too in a DVD version.

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Gobuntu to become installation option in Ubuntu

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 24.192.233.133] on June 17, 2008 08:02 PM
Hit F6 on boot in 8.04 and you have the option to install Free-software only

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Gobuntu to become installation option in Ubuntu

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 69.76.161.36] on June 17, 2008 09:19 PM
Does Ubuntu's cd media (the contents of the ISOs) currently contain any binaries, or any code that is nonfree? If so, I suspect this installer choice will not be good enough because to install the Free Ubuntu, you'd have to DOWNLOAD the nonfree software.

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Not even the most stringent FSF adherent would claim that.

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 72.150.2.93] on June 17, 2008 11:18 PM
There's no problem with Free and non-Free software residing on the same media. Even to be in RMS' tongue-in-cheek "Church of Emacs", you just have to refrain from installing or running any non-free software on your machines. You don't have to tie heretics to a stake with CAT5 cable and burn them with a pile of flaming Windows CDs.

Less facetiously, any one who objects to non-free bits residing in the same installer ISO would object to them being any official Ubuntu distribution at all. It is like that in Debian - the main Debian archive is free software by any reasonable definition, but Debian also provides non-free packages (really "almost free" would be a more appropriate term). RMS objects to Debian because it manages the non-free archive on its servers, not because of any quibbles with the contents of the main (Free) archive.

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Gobuntu to become installation option in Ubuntu

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 82.69.130.94] on June 17, 2008 11:16 PM
The reason why Gobuntu never took off is that Ubuntu expected people to sign up to their proprietary, restricted development environments like Launchpad to work on it!

gNewSense on the other hand is an excellent, FSF-approved Ubuntu derivative developed by people who care about free software, rather than tacked on as a marketshare-grabbing afterthought by a company which just doesn't get it.

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Gobuntu to become installation option in Ubuntu

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 82.69.130.94] on June 17, 2008 11:18 PM
So, why has linux.com taken to displaying people's IP addresses when they comment? Perhaps we should comment through http://torproject.org/ in future, or just stop correcting the frequent errors and misunderstandings in articles :)

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Re: Gobuntu to become installation option in Ubuntu

Posted by: Joe Barr on June 18, 2008 04:27 AM
Comment spam is the primary reason, but it also cuts down on vitriolic posts that convey nothing of value. As far as correcting errors and misunderstandings, we welcome those comments. If you want to learn more about tor, we've written about it a couple of times.

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Re: Gobuntu to become installation option in Ubuntu

Posted by: Morten Juhl-Johansen Zölde-Fejér on June 18, 2008 09:00 AM
Curious concept: Protect your privacy by logging in.

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Gobuntu to become installation option in Ubuntu

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 66.189.107.166] on June 18, 2008 02:36 AM
To me, the important thing is to be able to easily filter out the non free software. Ubuntu made this confusing, even to the point of putting closed sourced stuff in their free base area.

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