There's a packaged program called VRMS on Debian-based distros, so if you're running Debian, Ubuntu or one of their ilk then go ahead and apt-get install vrms.

It's a program that, when run in the terminal, will tell you what non-free software is installed on your machine, so the discomfort of FSF supporters everywhere.

The name stands for Virtual Richard M Stallman, naturally, and it's an amusing one-note Linux program. It won't spice up your desktop or even make you want to use gNewSense instead, but it will make you smirk for a few brief seconds.

1 comment:

aberinkulas said...

My output is as follows:

Non-free packages installed on ubuntubox

nvidia-current NVIDIA binary Xorg driver, kernel module and VDPAU lib
unrar Unarchiver for .rar files (non-free version)

Contrib packages installed on ubuntubox

flashplugin-installer Adobe Flash Player plugin installer
gstreamer0.10-pitfdll GStreamer plugin for using MS Windows binary codecs
nvidia-common Find obsolete NVIDIA drivers
nvidia-settings Tool of configuring the NVIDIA graphics driver
ttf-mscorefonts-installer Installer for Microsoft TrueType core fonts

2 non-free packages, 0.1% of 1402 installed packages.
5 contrib packages, 0.4% of 1402 installed packages.

(This is an Ubuntu 10.04 LTS install with Ubuntu-restricted-extras and the nVidia drivers installed)