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Software Freedom

Trisquel is a free GNU/Linux distribution. It supports peoples' liberty, privacy, and market-freedom.

Users may audit/study, run, distribute, and modify Trisquel. And distribute your modified copies. When we say that trisquel is "free", we mean that it supports these freedoms.

Non-free software may slip into our system, despite our efforts. We will be vigilant, and will remove non-free software when we find it.

Our community supports the Free Software Movement.

  1. Community members will not use Trisquel resources to distribute, recommend, or support non-free software.
  2. The Trisquel Community will make all of its contributions available as free software. We prefer the strongest free software license, the GNU General Public License, as it best secures and defends software users' freedom. The GNU Lesser General Public License is acceptable in some circumstances.
  3. Please avoid certain misnomers and propaganda terms. Keep in mind the spirit of free software and the GNU/Linux system.
  4. Free manuals are an essential part of free software packages. We will only include documentation released under an appropriate free license. The manuals we distribute will not recommend or suggest non-free software.


  1. Discrimination: Don't discriminate against people based on age, gender, sex, sexual orientation, disability, religion, ideology, ideas, social class, nationality, race, intelligence, or any analogous grounds.
  2. Profanity: Express yourself without hard language (i.e. cursing). Social norms differ from place to place. Hard language can deter people from visiting our site, and from getting involved in our community.
  3. Personal attacks: We don't tolerate personal attacks here. We encourage discussion. Disagree with others and challenge their ideas. Don't feed the trolls. Please report any flaming/flame-baiting to a moderator using the contact page.


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The freedoms allow everyone to learn how Trisquel works. We encourage schools, colleges, and universities to use Trisquel. Educators who teach with free software show a genuine commitment to students.


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Trisquel is gratis. We do not charge money for this operating system. If you would like to support Trisquel financially, you can buy hardware from ThinkPenguin, do business with Sognus, or donate to us directly.

Collaboration with Open Source Proponents

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  1. Although our guiding principles differ from open source supporters, we share some common ground with them. We are happy to collaborate on practical activities with the open source supporters.



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