This is outdated information, kept for historical purposes. Please see the main gNewSense wiki.

[Main/HomePage] [TitleIndex] [WordIndex

gNewSense Screenshots

Free as in freedom...

gNewSense is a fully free software GNU/Linux distribution.
Free software is software that respects your freedom. You can use it without restrictive licenses, make copies for your friends, school or business. To use free software is to make a political and ethical choice asserting your rights to learn and to share what you learn with others.

It is built by people across the globe who work together as a community and sponsored by the FSF (Free software foundation). We are open and anyone is welcome to join. Read more...

Download gNewSense

Learn more

Already a user?

Join us!

See an overview of what you can do with gNewSense. gNewSense is good for your studies, entertainment and work.

Here you'll find the available resources to help you discover all the features of your system and show you how to make good use of them.

After having used gNewSense for a while, maybe you're wondering how to help develop it. Here you can see what it takes to develop this system and how to join the world wide community of developers.


The gNewSense Blog

For more recent news, see Savannah.

gNewSense 4 "Ucclia" alpha 1 is out! Please test and provide feedback! Download links are on the mailing list.
-- HarryPrevor 2014-12-03 14:45:00

gNewSense 3.1 is out! Please update your software sources to point to an official gNewSense mirror. Release notes and instructions are on Savannah.
-- HarryPrevor 2014-02-09 20:55:30

The repository of gNewSense 2 will permanently go offline on 2014-01-03. If you are still using gNewSense 2, please migrate to version 3.
-- samgee2 2013-12-28 21:09:19

Creation of new accounts on the wiki has been disabled to combat spam. We hope to have a better solution shortly.
-- samgee2 2013-09-10 21:35:15

Our website has a new theme to mark the new release. People who are logged in and still see the old theme, can update the Preferred theme box in their settings.
-- samgee2 2013-08-11 18:35:56

gNewSense 3.0 Parkes, our third major release, is out. Download links have been announced on the mailing list.
-- samgee2 2013-08-06 19:54:23

gNewSense 3.0 Parkes Beta 2 has been released. There's also a 64 bit release this time. Download links have been announced on the mailing list.
-- samgee2 2013-07-05 04:41:40

gNewSense 3.0 Parkes Beta 1 has been released. Download links have been announced on the mailing list.
-- samgee2 2013-05-19 23:01:19

The services are back up. Thanks to FSF sysadmins for fixing the problem.
-- samgee2 2013-04-11 19:55:31 and are down. The problem is being investigated. Thanks for your patience.
-- samgee2 2013-04-10 20:50:42

Debian recently discovered a security incident with their wiki. gNewSense uses the same wiki software, but I found no evidence of a similar security breach on our server. I installed the fix when Debian released it.
-- samgee2 2013-01-09 20:00:34

As of 2012-12-23, the GPG key used for signing the gNewSense packages expired. I've moved its expiry so its still valid, but you may experience problems downloading updates or packages from our mirrors. To update your key, check FixExpiredArchiveKey. Apologies for this sillyness.
-- samgee2 2012-12-27 18:46:10

Quick note to say that everything is back. I'd like to thank the FSF sysadmins for the speed of the move, and the fixes to various gNS infrastructure issues revealed in the move.
-kgoetz Thursday 2012-03-01, 10:55 AEST

Hi everyone, Sorry about the unexpected outage. The FSF have been moving equipment around, and doing some host renumbering at the same time. Unfortunately, I missed the announcement, so everything has simply vanished on us. The sysadmins have brought the gNewSense hosts back up, and we are waiting for DNS to start propagating and making all services available again.
-kgoetz Wednesday 2012-02-29, 15:31 AEST

I've just completed an upgrade of the software running the website and wiki. Apologies for any breakage caused during the last day - I'd forgotten the last step of the upgrade before going live.
-kgoetz Friday 2012-02-24, 10:46 AEST

We've just done a round of updates on all servers, including the one hosting the website and wiki. If you notice any problems, please let us know.
-kgoetz Wednesday 2012-01-11, 09:03 AEST

After a few months of being virtually inactive in the project the time has come for me to step down as the gNewSense project leader. Please welcome Sam Geeraerts in as the new lead maintainer! You will probably see various infrastructure announcements coming from me still, but development news will come from sam in future. Thanks for your support, and please do join in and help Sam with the new release!.
-kgoetz Wednesday 2011-10-12, 09:13 AEST

Our primary package mirror, has just received a software update; it will be offline for a couple of minutes while it reboots. Thanks for your patience!.
-kgoetz Friday 2011-09-23, 09:13 AEST

The migrations are complete - thanks for your patience!, our oldest serving VM has been turned off. The lp service is now restored, and bugs has been updated to point to Savannah, our current bug tracker. The bofh service will remain offline for the moment.
-kgoetz Saturday 2011-04-30, 22:00 AEST

We are migrating the remaining services away of our server odyssey as its approaching End of Life. The following services may be affected: {lp,bofh,bugs} and wiki and www should remain unaffected, as will the Savannah hosted bug reports.
-kgoetz Saturday 2011-04-30, 15:30 AEST

We've been getting more wiki spam lately, so we've enabled textchas (captchas in text form) for editing. We hope that this doesn't cause too much inconvenience.
-Sam Geeraerts Thursday 2011-04-07 17:45 UTC

We've just dropped volatile support for gNS3. We'll worry about it again when we have a release.
-kgoetz Friday 2011-04-02 10:00 CST

Recently a new project has come out of the Debian derivatives frontdesk - DEX. Would there be any interest in helping get a gNewSense team up and running?
-kgoetz Friday 2011-03-19 20:00 CST

Just merged in the shared metad+parkes code branch. Sorry if things are broken for a while.
-kgoetz Friday 2011-02-26 20:00 CST

Work on giving us a generic script to derive our new upstream has taken some first steps by removing a lot of metad specific code
-kgoetz Friday 2011-01-28, 18:00 CST

The web site migration from PmWiki to MoinMoin was completed, thanks to realmike.
-Graziano Sorbaioli Wednesday 2010-09-29, 6:00AM UTC

There will be a sheduled outage of and on Sunday 19th of September. We will be migrating these sites off pmwiki onto moinmoin, so will need to block editing during this period.
-kgoetz Sunday 2010-09-12, 12:50PM CST

The gNewSense hackers have managed to meet up at the GNU Hackers Meetup. We discussed a variety of subjects related to gNS, and gave a talk to the rest of the GNU crowd.
-kgoetz Thursday 2010-07-29, 08:40AM CEST

As of today, gNewSense will be using Savannah for all its bugtracking. The announcement to the list is here. The existing BTS is more or less locked.
-kgoetz Friday 2009-12-04, 20:00PM CST

We've removed the network installers for metad i386 and amd64 from our public mirror. We'll leave the mipsel installer there until we are ready for parkes.
-kgoetz Thursday 2009-12-03 17:00 CST

The 2.3 livecd, the third official Deltah update has been released. It can be downloaded from as an iso or via bittorrent.
-kgoetz Monday 2009-09-14, 10:45AM CST

As of 2009-09-09, the GPG key used for signing the gNewSense packages expired. I've moved its expiry so its still valid, but you are may experience problems downloading updates or packages from our mirrors. To update your key, check FixExpiredArchiveKey. Apologies for this sillyness.
-kgoetz Friday, 2009-09-11 16:30 CST

The first gNewSense release - Deltad - has had its binaries removed from our mirrors. All the source is still available, and the archive is updated weekly to ensure no non-free packages sneak into our 'retired' release.
-kgoetz Tuesday, 2009-09-01 22:45 CST

We were recently informed that when our new website skin came into effect in March the licence notice at the bottom of our pages was modified by mistake. We have a short licence update page with details. If you have contributed to our wiki during this time it would be great if you would check the page.
-kgoetz Tuesday, 2009-08-25 21:37 CST

The 2.2 livecd, the third official Deltah has been released. It can be downloaded from
-kgoetz Wednesday April 15, 13:15UTC , along with bugs. and wiki. now have a new look, following work by the gNewSense web team. It is the Maguila skin, customised slightly for our usage.
We hope you like it!
-kgoetz Monday March 02, at 11.28 PM

After over a year, GLX has been added back to the repositories following work by the FSF to make it available under a free license.
-bbrazil February 01, 2009, at 10:40 PM

The 2.1 livecd, the second official Deltah has been released. It can be downloaded from
-bbrazil August 24, 2008, at 07:16 PM

Linux-ubuntu-modules has been freedom checked, cleaned up and reintroducted to gNS. Sound relying on free drivers should be working again
-bbrazil July 23, 2008, at 10:14 AM

The 2.0 livecd, the first official Deltah has been released. It can be downloaded from
-bbrazil April 30, 2008, at 11:43 PM

The 1.9 livecd, the BETA for deltah has been released. It can be downloaded from See
-bbrazil April 28, 2008, at 09:56 AM

We have now verified that Main is free. See
-bbrazil February 11, 2008, at 04:54 AM

In our continuing crusade for software freedom, we've just made some major breaking changes to X. See for details.
-bbrazil January 13, 2008, at 09:02 AM

A Spanish version of the main website is now available.
-bbrazil January 12, 2008, at 07:49 PM

We now have a Forum.
-bbrazil January 28, 2007, at 03:27 PM

Version 1.1 has been released. See PressRelease20070122 for more details.
-bbrazil January 22, 2007, at 08:52 AM

There have been yet more Builder/gNewSense updates. The update process was automated a week ago, and this process now has two levels of monitoring. We're also now monitoring mirror freshness.
-bbrazil November 23, 2006, at 11:44 PM

There are now -backports and -updates components. I haven't tried them out fully. There's also a number of general updates.
-bbrazil November 05, 2006, at 11:05 PM

LiveCD 1.0 now available. New artwork and builder enhancements/fixes. FSF Press Release
-bbrazil November 02, 2006, at 11:00 AM

LiveCD 0.93 now available. All known kernel firmware removed and many other improvements.
-bbrazil October 30, 2006, at 09:09 PM

We now have a mailing list. See Lists.
-bbrazil October 27, 2006, at 06:59 PM

LiveCD 0.92 now available. Brings memtest working on livecd, less firmware, redirected launchpad-integration and better livecd versioning.
-bbrazil September 14, 2006, at 01:30 PM

We now have security support.
-bbrazil 28/08/2006

-ompaul 25/08/2006

2019-08-13 14:59