Trisquel 3.0 STS "Dwyn" has landed!
We are proud to announce the Trisquel GNU/Linux 3.0 release, codenamed Dwyn. It is the first of a new series of short term support releases that include highly updated software, improved performance and better hardware compatibility, and that will now accompany the long term support 2.x Robur branch. The 3.0 version will be upgraded to 3.5 in six months, and will get updates for another six months. The 2.2 LTS version, released a few days ago, will get security updates until 2013.
This release will include two editions: the standard Trisquel desktop and a new “mini” edition -that will be available in a few days- intended for netbooks and old computers, which makes use of lightweight software such as the XFCE desktop environment, the Epiphany web browser, the Sylpheed mail client or the Abiword text processor. The standard edition update keeps providing a full featured desktop, with a complete network, office and multimedia experience while keeping our commitment to promote and distribute exclusively free as in speech software.
That commitment has led the Free Software Foundation to increase their support to the project, and they will recommend it worldwide as a free operating system of choice. They are also helping us with a full mirror in the USA, and documenting Trisquel setup and usage for server environments, in order to allow a future migration of their machines.
Trisquel 3.0 Dwyn, in its standard edition includes:
- Linux-libre 2.6.28
- GNOME and Evolution 2.26
- OpenOfice.org 3.0
- Trisquel web browser (Mozilla based) 3.0
- GIMP 2.6
It also packs a lot of utilities like Pidgin, Inkscape, Transmission, Brasero, the GNOME set of games and even the media center Elisa. Trisquel provides support for almost every audio and video format including copy protected DVD's, and is compatible with Java and Flash technologies, using just free software. As of the 2.2 update, this version includes the following pre-installed languages: English -as default-, Basque, Catalonian, Chinese, French, Galician, Hindi, Portuguese and Spanish. More than 50 other languages are available during install.
The 2.x LTS branch was also updated today (to 2.2.1), including the latest linux-libre deblobbing process for an even more libre kernel with better hardware support. A live-usb-disk creator app was also added.
We will also take this chance to ask for your help. We need package maintainers, betatesters, translators, and documentation writers. We are starting new projects like a server edition and a netinstall image CD, so sysadmins and networking-related hackers are also welcome.
Trisquel GNU/Linux is a version of the GNU operating system using the Linux kernel. The main goal of the project is the production of a fully free as in speech system that must be easy to use, complete, and with good language support.
The project was born in 2004 with the sponsorship of the University of Vigo, and officially presented in April 2005 with Richard Stallman, founder of the GNU project, as a special guest. The project hosts its own repositories which are derivatives of Ubuntu's main and universe components, but with all proprietary software removed. The differences include the removal of all non-free packages, the substitution of the original Linux kernel with the blob-free version linux-libre, and the addition of several packages.
By December 11, 2008, Trisquel GNU/Linux was included by the Free Software Foundation in the list of free GNU/Linux distributions available at the GNU webpage, following the verification process taken to ensure the commitment of the Trisquel development team and community to promoting and distributing only 100% free software.