Trisquel 6.0 LTS

Trisquel 6.0 LTS was recently released so it’s time to give it another look. Trisquel is a popular distro for users that prefer to use only free software. You won’t find proprietary software included in Trisquel, it’s dedicated to the idea of truly free software.

Here’s a bit of background from the Trisquel FAQ that explains the philosophy behind this distro:

“There are literally hundreds of GNU/Linux distributions designed to fill every conceivable niche. Only a handful of them are entirely free software; Trisquel is one such distribution. That’s why Trisquel is endorsed by Richard Stallman and the Free Software Foundation.

The popularity of GNU/Linux has skyrocketed in recent years. The major distributions are attracting large numbers of new users, but their distributors are not taking the opportunity to effectively teach these same users to value and protect their freedom. Our software is being advocated on purely utilitarian grounds (such as portability, stability, security, customizability, and lack of cost), so the casual observer is led to believe that “Linux” is just another OS, albeit a useful one. While it may appear to be a reasonable compromise for big-name distros like Ubuntu and Fedora to include some nonfree firmware, drivers, and applications in their mostly-free systems for which no complete free drop-in replacements exist, time and experience demonstrates that this only perpetuates the problem. If we want free software alternatives to emerge, our community must actively reject the non-free counterparts.

Trisquel is different. We naturally want to bring you an operating system that is tight, beautiful, and robust. We want your software to be feature-rich and work exactly as you expect it to. But we’ll never compromise your freedom, either.

Free software, unlike proprietary, respects its users essential rights, to ensure they can:

run the program, for any purpose
study how the program works, and adapt it to their needs (which requires having access to the program’s source code).
redistribute copies so they can help others, with or without a fee
distribute copies of their modified versions to others, so that the whole community can benefit. Again, access to the source code is a precondition for this.
Free software is a matter of freedom, not price, although free software is usually distributed at no charge. Think “free” as in “free speech”, not “free beer”.

Many free software programs are copylefted. Copyleft is used by some free software licenses (most notably the GNU GPL) to protect the freedom to redistribute the program by requiring all modified and extended versions of the program to be free as well. It is a reversal of the typical use of copyright law (prohibiting others from reproducing, adapting, or distributing copies of a work), hence the name. Non-copyleft free software also exists. It is better to use copyleft in most cases, but if a program is non-copylefted free software, it is still basically ethical.”

Trisquel 6.0 LTS Boot Menu

Trisquel 6.0 LTS Boot Menu

What’s New in Trisquel 6.0 LTS

Here’s a sample of the new features in this release:

  • Linux-Libre 3.2
  • Xorg
  • Abrowser 19
  • GNOME 3.4
  • LibreOffice 3.5

If you aren’t familiar with Linux-Libre, here’s a brief explanation of what it is and what it has to offer in Trisquel:

Linux-libre is an operating system kernel and a GNU package [3] that is maintained from modified versions of the Linux kernel. The aim of the project is to remove any software that does not include its source code, has its source code obfuscated or released under proprietary licenses from the Linux kernel. The parts that have no source code are called binary blobs and are generally proprietary firmware which, while generally redistributable, generally do not give the user the freedom to modify or study them. It is a prominent example of free software.

Abrowser now comes with full HTML 5 video support, as well as PDF support without a plugin, and it also supports instant messaging web applications on WebRTC.

GNOME 3.4 contains a number of improvements though it goes beyond the scope of this review to list them all. You can see a full list here.

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Comments

  1. Anthony says

    I was initially a fan, but now not so much. I wanted to lock the screen & leave the machine running as I left it, but there was no lock screen I could find. The Synaptic package manager wasn’t able to find anything to accomplish a simple screen lock either, without shutting down other services I wanted to remain open.

    That is a fairly minor complaint, but I also noticed there weren’t any updates available since shortly after 6.0 was released last year, despite what this article seems to show.

  2. Stone Forest says

    My experience of Trisquel is the opposite.

    My installation of Trisquel Mini 6.0 to an EeePC 701 lasted less than 24 hours.

    Why?

    lxdm-binary was hammering the cpu & hogging resources, so nothing else could run properly, yet it could not be removed & replaced because of broken dependencies with the alernatives.

    cpufreqd would run only at 100%, regardless of configuration.

    The desktop was automatically covered with folders, regardless of configuration.

    Too many useful & genuinely FLOSS applications are not available in the Trisquel repository: just how ‘free’ does FLOSS have to be before the Trisquel dictator accepts it?

    Trisquel Mini is NOT light, it still uses a PAE kernel.

    AFAIC, it’s a bug-ridden pile of garbage.

    Failed: it doesn’t ‘just work'; & I take a ruthless approach to operating systems.

    I’ll stick with MadBox 12.04, which is perhaps the ONLY genuinely light Ubuntu-based derivative available, & use the free repository.

  3. Shatty says

    I downloaded an application called xampp and saved it in my trisquel desktop. i tried to install it through the commands and it says that no file in the directory. please help me, but all in all am in love with this operating system…….

  4. mo98 says

    6 months ago I started using Trisquel 6.0 live desktop on an ACER notebook. I have never installed it because there remains an issue with the partition manager crashing on my existing partitioning setup I do not wish to change. I also do not wish to connect it to the internet. When examining it with aptitude -s, it appears that the GCC compiler 4.6 is not entirely missing, but running gcc only works with my Ubuntu 12.04 session in a previously installed ext4 partition in /dev/sda1. Which binaries, in addition to build-essential, would I need to unpack where in the live file tree, so I can get started in evaluating the previously downloaded DVD of sources while running Trisquel 6.0 live?

  5. Achilles says

    I solved the issue with the VMware Tools. Just install the headers with sudo apt-get linux-headers-$(uname -r) and it the vmware tools should installed just find. Usually in Ubuntu I don’t have to do this manually. I though the headers were included in the build-essential package. Learned something new today xD

  6. achilles says

    It is actually a really good OS. Clean and uses very little memory compared with Ubuntu specially after you remove all unnecessary startup applications. It is using 120MB in my VM. The only issue I am having is installing the VMware Guest Tools. The installer cannot find the kernel headers, I guess it is because Trisquel uses a modified version of the Linux Kernel, but I am not sure. Any ideas?

  7. stephenbuenafe says

    I am almost completely satisfied with Trisquel. It seems to be the best operating system I have ever used. I have one gripe and I’m certain that it will be fixed with time; I’m running the desktop version on an Acer Aspire One AOD-257 netbook and the wifi doesn’t seem to be present. All other software works beautifully and I have nothing but solid gold recommendations for it. For now, I am dual booting ubuntu for the wifi, but as soon as the wifi card driver issues are solved I will re-partion. On the website it suggest to buy a usb with that is free software compatible.,

  8. John from Ireland says

    I’m not a user, but I have tried it. I can say that this is a great distro which should please a lot of people. I think it’s very well put together. I also checked their forum and support and it appears to have a dedicated community of people behind it.

    • John from Ireland says

      Oh, I should also include that, contrary to another person’s comment, I encountered no problem at all using Guayadeque music player, and I use an external USB audio interface in a sound recording control room.

    • says

      I am not sure why somebody would give it a lower score or something like that in a review, just because it focuses on truly free software.

      One of the nice things about Linux is that there really is a distro for everybody, so Trisquel and the like provide a great option for those who want such distros. I’m very glad that it’s available for people to use.

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