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- Love the logo, I like the agression.

Ubuntu-libre (derived from a proposal for an Ubuntu version called Gnubuntu) attempts to become an official version of Ubuntu that will protect user freedom by default. When a user installs default Ubuntu-libre system they can be sure that only free software will be installed on his system during the installation and later while using the package manager for installing additional software.

Ubuntu-libre doesn't try to prevent user from installing proprietary software or adding package repositories for proprietary software, but the user has to explicitly break their own freedom by doing so.

Use cases

  • X likes Ubuntu technically, but is concerned about his freedom.
  • Y is a system administration at an organization, which has a commitment to use only free software.
  • Z runs a system with high security requirements, allowing only software with source code available to be used.


In short this means that Ubuntu restricted and multiverse components will not be parts of Ubuntu-libre default installation. Future goals will probably include work for filling the gaps left by removing restricted component. As the guarded freedom of Ubuntu-libre may attract some current users of GNU operating system, work enabling Ubuntu-libre user to choose between HURD and Linux, is another possible future distinctive feature. How ever it is not that easy and is probably not going to happen any day soon.


The first official version of Ubuntu-libre will probably get published along the Edgy Eft Ubuntu version following Dapper.

Contacting developers

Some Ubuntu-libre developers can usually be found on IRC channel #ubuntu-libre at Freenode IRC network. #gnubuntu redirects.


Feel free to publish and comment Ubuntu-libre related artwork here.


An early logo idea mockup by Toni Ruottu inline:cyberix-ubuntu-libre-logo.png

  • I like the fist. The name placement and enclosure, however, doesn't seem appropriate since Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu, and Edubuntu (as well as nUbuntu and Ubuntu Lite) do not have their names over the circle of people. They instead place the name to the right without being enclosed in anything, if the name is present at all. (Also, even though the only other official flavor of Ubuntu that uses GNOME - Edubuntu - uses red, orange, and yellow in the logo, Kubuntu, Xubuntu, nUbuntu, and Ubuntu Lite all use alternate colors, so it may be worth considering changing the color scheme.)
    • Could you create an alternative version and post it here?
      • I'm not very experienced with graphics design, but here is the logo I suggested: [attachment:ubuntu-libre_logo_mockup_2.png] and here is another idea: inline:ubuntu-libre_logo_mockup_3.png The gray heads improve recognition at smaller sizes, and the removal of the black lines make it simpler and less busy.

- Wow, i really like this one. Perhaps the gray color looks a little dull, but you won't go wrong with that hand when trying to convince FSF-like minded people about this. A question though, what about Launchpad? Can Gnubuntu use a non-free bug tracker etc? Mathias-K of Ubuntuforums

- Love the logo, I like the agression.

- this is a good idea, but see also EthicalInfo which would enable the average (non-GPL extremist!) Ubuntu user to make informed decisions on a package by package basis, possible 'upgrading' to ubuntu-libre style derived distro in the future. Of course, Ubuntu mainstream could be derived from an Ubuntu-libre, not the other way around. My argument would be that everyday users just don't care enough, but providing some information can increase awareness and promote making decisions which are in line with the principles of free/libre software. I think this would have more impact than a purists' distro.

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