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wiki:kxstudio_and_free_software [2013/10/22 12:46]
danboid [Non-free software from Ubuntu]
wiki:kxstudio_and_free_software [2013/12/24 00:46] (current)
wolftune [What if I want to avoid non-free software?]
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 ======KXStudio and Free Software====== ======KXStudio and Free Software======
  
-Along with its Ubuntu base and the whole GNU/Linux world, KXStudio has its roots in the [[http://​www.gnu.org/​philosophy/​free-sw.html|Free Software]] movement led by Richard Stallman and the GNU project. All of the custom KXStudio tools are FLOSS, as is the vast majority of other included software.+Along with the Debian and Ubuntu base systems ​and the whole GNU/Linux world, KXStudio has its roots in the [[http://​www.gnu.org/​philosophy/​free-sw.html|Free Software]] movement led by Richard Stallman and the GNU project. All of the custom KXStudio tools are FLOSS, as is the vast majority of other included software.
  
 As KXStudio'​s primary purpose is to make the installation of a GNU/​Linux-based audio/​visual workstation as easy as possible, a few non-free additions are included where they assist that goal. As KXStudio'​s primary purpose is to make the installation of a GNU/​Linux-based audio/​visual workstation as easy as possible, a few non-free additions are included where they assist that goal.
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 =====Non-free software from Ubuntu===== =====Non-free software from Ubuntu=====
  
-KXStudio is based upon Ubuntu which includes select non-free software. The Ubuntu non-free software is listed in separate repositories marked as either "​non-free",​ "​restricted",​ or "​multiverse"​. See [[https://​help.ubuntu.com/​community/​Repositories|help.ubuntu.com/​community/​Repositories]] for more information. Also, the standard Linux kernel includes some "​binary blobs" — i.e. sections that have no source available (and so hamper the freedom to modify).+The current ​KXStudio ​ISO is based upon Ubuntu which includes select non-free software. The Ubuntu non-free software is listed in separate repositories marked as either "​non-free",​ "​restricted",​ or "​multiverse"​. See [[https://​help.ubuntu.com/​community/​Repositories|help.ubuntu.com/​community/​Repositories]] for more information. Also, the standard Linux kernel includes some "​binary blobs" — i.e. sections that have no source available (and so hamper the freedom to modify).
  
 The main non-free software that KXStudio includes from Ubuntu is **Flash Player**. Many websites still, unfortunately,​ depend upon Adobe Flash, so Flash Player provides the smoothest user experience. Thankfully, the FLOSS standards Webm and HTML5 are becoming increasingly popular, and there is a FLOSS Flash-replacement called GNASH. Hopefully there will be less need for the non-free Flash Player in the future. The main non-free software that KXStudio includes from Ubuntu is **Flash Player**. Many websites still, unfortunately,​ depend upon Adobe Flash, so Flash Player provides the smoothest user experience. Thankfully, the FLOSS standards Webm and HTML5 are becoming increasingly popular, and there is a FLOSS Flash-replacement called GNASH. Hopefully there will be less need for the non-free Flash Player in the future.
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 To remove non-free software from the package listings, choose "​Configure Software Sources"​ under "​Settings"​ in Muon Package Manager. There, you can uncheck the Proprietary drivers and multiverse (copyright or legally problematic) listings. On the "Other Software"​ tab, you can remove the Medibuntu and kxstudio.sourceforge.net repositories. To remove non-free software from the package listings, choose "​Configure Software Sources"​ under "​Settings"​ in Muon Package Manager. There, you can uncheck the Proprietary drivers and multiverse (copyright or legally problematic) listings. On the "Other Software"​ tab, you can remove the Medibuntu and kxstudio.sourceforge.net repositories.
  
-If you want to use strictly 100% Free Software, ​including even the strictly-FLOSS Linux-libre kernelconsider ​[[http://​trisquel.info/​|Trisquel]], which is based on Ubuntu ​yet is certified by the Free Software Foundation. You can then add the main KXStudio-Team PPAs following the same [[http://kxstudio.sourceforge.net/Documentation:​Ubuntu:​Upgrade|instructions]] as for other Ubuntu-based systemsAlthough this should workit is not officially supported ​at this time. +If you want to use strictly 100% Free Software, ​there are several options. Instead of using the KXStudio ISO, KXStudio repositories can be added to any Debian-based system (which includes all Ubuntu-related systems) and you can leave out the separate non-free KXStudio repository. Debian itself is 100% Free (unless the user chooses to install extra non-free software). AdditionallyFSF-endorsed distributions ​[[http://​trisquel.info/​|Trisquel]] ​(based on Ubuntu) and [[http://www.gnewsense.org/|gNewSense]] (based on Debian) are also compatible with the KXStudioe repositoriesOf theseonly Debian ​is officially supported, ​but the others should work as well.
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-There is also a long-term plan to potentially move the KXStudio repositories to Debianwhich is more strictly FLOSS than Ubuntu (although still not FSF-approved because it provides a mechanism for users to install non-free software).+
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