Sep 182011

trisquelYesterday has been released the version 5.0 of Trisquel, an Ubuntu based GNU/Linux Distribution.
In their announcement:

In what we can now call it a tradition, we celebrate the Software Freedom Day by publishing our latest release: Trisquel GNU/Linux 5.0 STS, codename Dagda.

Trisquel GNU/Linux is a GNU/Linux distribution using a free version of the Linux kernel as distributed by the Linux-libre project, which has as goal to remove software that is included without source code, with obfuscated or obscured source code, under non-Free Software licenses, that do not permit you to change the software so that it does what you wish, and that induces or requires you to install additional pieces of non-Free Software.

In short, in the Linux-libre kernel you’ll not find all the proprietary firmware or drivers. for example for graphic or network cards.

The main goals of the Trisquel project are the production of a fully free software (free as in free speech) system that must be easy to use, complete, and with good language support.

Trisquel Editions

Trisquel 5.0 main edition it’s based on GNOME, while there is a Trisquel Mini, that uses less resources and it’s based on LXDE.
Two more editions, one based on KDE and other using the educational environment Sugar are on the way.


The standard edition includes, among many others, the following packages:

  • Linux-libre 2.6.38
  • GNOME 2.32
  • LibreOffice 3.3.3
  • Abrowser (our unbranded Mozilla based web browser) 6.0.2
  • thunderbird (3.1.9+nobinonly-0ubuntu4)
The full list of Dagda packages it’s available here

My 2 cents

In the past I’ve tested Trisquel, and while i must say that theoretically I’m totally with them, in my day by day usage of a desktop I’ve found hard to use Trisquel without some drivers and/or packages that i’m used to have in any Gnu/Linux distro i use (one was the so loved and hated Flash).
But I really suggest to everyone to test at least once Trisquel, and see how many things stop working using only free-software this should be a big warning for every Linux user.

And remember, you can help this project continue by donating, buying a gift in their stores, or by becoming a supporting associate member.

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