How free is the software on my computer, Virtual Richard Stallman?

The VRMS program does a nice job of listing the non-free components on your system.  Let’s see what my VRMS report shows:


jwc@tereska:~$ vrms

Non-free packages installed on tereska

linux-generic             Complete Generic Linux kernel

linux-restricted-modules- Non-free Linux 2.6.28 modules helper script

linux-restricted-modules- Restricted Linux modules for generic kernels

Contrib packages installed on tereska

flashplugin-installer     Adobe Flash Player plugin installer

flashplugin-nonfree       Adobe Flash Player plugin installer (transitional pack

3 non-free packages, 0.2% of 1467 installed packages.

2 contrib packages, 0.1% of 1467 installed packages.


This report reflects the current "free" status of the software on my system, but my system didn’t start out this way.  What we see here is the result of a little bit of cleanup.  For example, some restricted Nvidia and ATI drivers were installed by default, but I was able to remove them because I don’t have any Nvidia or ATI hardware on this computer.

Also, Valide (the name given to the Vala IDE program) was listed as contrib software on this report.  I’m not sure why that is.  I eventually removed it from the system prior to rerunning the vrms command, so it does not appear in the list above.

Anyway, at this point it looks like all I have to do to get a completely Free system is remove the flash plugin and, um, my kernel!  Then I’ll be all set. : -)