Release announcements

Trisquel 8.0 LTS Flidas

Trisquel 8.0, codename "Flidas" is finally here! This release will be supported with security updates until April 2021. The first thing to acknowledge is that this arrival has been severely delayed, to the point where the next upstream release (Ubuntu 18.04 LTS) will soon be published. The good news is that the development of Trisquel 9.0 will start right away, and it should come out closer to the usual release schedule of "6 months after upstream release".

But this is not to say that we shouldn't be excited about Trisquel 8.0, quite the contrary! It comes with many improvements over Trisquel 7.0, and its core components (kernel, graphics drivers, web browser and e-mail client) are fully up to date and will receive continuous upgrades during Flidas' lifetime.

Trisquel 8.0 has benefited from extensive testing, as many people have been using the development versions as their main operating system for some time. On top of that, the Free Software Foundation has been using it to run the Libreplanet conference since last year, and it has been powering all of its new server infrastructure as well!

What's new?

The biggest internal change to the default edition is the switch from GNOME to MATE 1.12. The main reason for this change was that GNOME dropped support for their legacy desktop, which retained the GNOME 2.x user experience and didn't require 3D composition -- a feature that in many computers would still need non-free software to run at full speed. MATE provides a perfect drop-in replacement, it is very light and stable and it retains all the user experience design that we are used to from previous Trisquel releases.

The next most important component is Abrowser 59 (based on Mozilla Firefox), which is not only fully-featured and quite faster than before, it has also been audited and tweaked to maximize the user's privacy without compromising on usability. Abrowser will not start any network connections on its own (most popular web browsers connect for extension updates, telemetry, geolocation and other data-collection as soon as you open them, even if you haven't even typed an address yet!) and it has a list of easy to set, privacy-enhancing settings that the user can opt-in depending on their needs. As a companion to it, and based on Mozilla Thunderbird, the IceDove mail client is also fully updated and set up for privacy.

Trisquel 8.0 also comes with the following preinstalled packages:

  • Linux-libre 4.4 by default, 4.13 available (and newer versions will be published as an optional rolling release)
  • Xorg 7.7 with optional rolling-release updates
  • LibreOffice 5.1.4
  • VLC 2.2.2

Trisquel-mini (the light edition based on LXDE) uses the Midori web browser, Sylpheed email client, Abiword text editor, and GNOME-Mplayer media player as its main preinstalled components. We also have the Trisquel TOAST edition, based on the Sugar learning environment v112, and complete with a selection of educational activities for k12 and beyond. And of course, available from our repositories and mirrors are over 25,000 more free software packages you can run, study, improve and share.

Support our effort

Trisquel is a non-profit project, you can contribute by becoming a member, donating or buying from our store.

Trisquel 7.0 LTS Belenos

Version 7 of the Trisquel GNU/Linux distribution, codenamed Belenos after a Celtic sun god, has been released. Belenos is a Long Term Support release that will be maintained until 2019. Relevant new packages and features include:

  • Kernel Linux-libre 3.13 with lowlatency and bfq scheduling by default.
  • Custom desktop based on GNOME 3.12 fallback.
  • Abrowser 33 (a free Firefox derivative) as default browser.
    • GNU IceCat 31 available as single-click optional install from Abrowser's homepage. Complete with many extra privacy features.
  • Electrum Bitcoin Wallet preinstalled.
  • Moved to DVD format, now with 50+ languages and extra applications.
  • Improved accessibility by default.

Trisquel on a Sugar TOAST

Editions published today include the GNOME based standard edition, the LXDE mini edition, and the now officially supported Trisquel on a Sugar TOAST edition, designed for kids 0 to 12. It features the Sugar Learning environment and a preselection of educational activities.

New Website

The improvements don't stop at the software. We are also unveiling a new website theme, cleaner and more modern, to match the streamlined style of the release. This is just the first change in a series of improvements that will focus on giving the users a better community experience.

New development process

We are also making big changes to the development process, to make it easier for the community to contribute. The new code management website allows users to clone the code, hack and request their changes to be reviewed and merged. This is connected to a whole new continuous integration build system that will keep the distro up to date with less manual intervention.

Help sustain this effort

Trisquel is a non-profit community project. You can help keep this project going by becoming a member, donating or buying in our store!


Trisquel GNU/Linux 6.0.1 LTS upgrade release

This is an incremental upgrade release which includes all of the maintenance updates and bugfixes since the publication of Trisquel 6.0. Users that already have 6.0 installed don't need to reinstall. Just use the update manager or apt-get dist-upgrade.

Trisquel 6.0 LTS "Toutatis" has arrived!

This long awaited release is based on Ubuntu Precise, and as usual comes full of free software goodness. We continue to provide an easy to use classic desktop experience complete with full featured browsing, office, communications and social networking utilities. Download it while it is hot!

New Features

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

A better browser

Our web browser without a name (Abrowser, a Firefox derivative that does not recommend non-free software) now comes with shiny new features, like full html5 video support (webm, h264 and other formats) that allow to use sites like Youtube without a flash plugin. This version can also show pdf files without a plugin, and implement instant messaging web applications based on WebRTC.

Accessible by default

In the quest for an improved experience for disabled users that we started some releases ago we used to make an special version (the International live DVD) that came with the digital ramps turned on by default. In this release we took that idea one step further and now all the images are equally accessible for visually impaired users: if while booting the live cd you don't touch any key and let the 30 seconds countdown finish, the screen reader will be on when the desktop is launched.

Extended support

This release is a Long Term Support one, meaning that bugfix and security updates will be published until 2017. Along with this we have decided to change our release schedule from this point on: we will no longer publish short term support versions every 6 months, but focus on giving the best possible support to the LTS release, providing backported improvements to core packages like the kernel, the browser and the xorg server among others. We will also make it easier for volunteers to provide newer versions of extra packages through an optional community-backports repository.

We will publish point releases every 6 months including all improvements done to the system in that time.

How to update

If you are running Trisquel 4.0 or 5.5, a system upgrade will be available in the system updater application (if you run a server use "sudo do-release-upgrade"). If you use Trisquel 4.5 or 5.0 you need to apply each update step (4.5, 5.0, 5.5, 6.0) or upgrade manually. Ask for instructions to an experienced user to do so, in our forums, mailing lists or IRC channels.

How to help

With this release we are maintaining enough sources to produce over a thousand packages adapted to Trisquel to either improve their freedom, user privacy, usability and accessibility among other features. We run all our main resources ourselves (compilation, distribution and web servers) and all our online services run on our own machines to make us completely self contained. This is a big effort, and we would like you to take part in it. We are improving our development services to make room for volunteer hackers to join in a community effort to improve the system, but if you don't know how to debug or maintain packages you can still contribute by improving the wiki, help others in the forums, translating, or finding and reporting bugs. And if you don't have time for it you can help by making donations, joining our membership program, or buying gifts in our stores.