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13 March 2013, 16:55

Trisquel to focus on LTS versions with Trisquel 6.0 release

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Trisquel desktop
Zoom Using GNOME's Fallback Mode means Trisquel has no need for 3D acceleration
Source: Trisquel project

Based on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, the latest release of Trisquel comes with GNOME Fallback Mode (from GNOME 3.4) as its default desktop environment. Trisquel 6.0 LTS, code-named "Toutatis", uses the 3.2 Linux-libre kernel that removes all non-free elements from the upstream kernel.

Trisquel is an FSF-approved distribution, and as such does not include any packages that cannot be considered free software, which is also the reason it is continuing to release with GNOME's Fallback Mode. The developers cannot assume that the target computers for their distribution will have 3D acceleration available because of the lack of proprietary driver modules in the kernel.

As with previous versions of the distribution, Trisquel is "accessible by default", providing a screen-reader-assisted experience right from the boot screen and also shipping with a number of other accessibility-related tools. With this release, the Trisquel developers have decided to drop versions based on non-LTS releases of Ubuntu and will "focus on giving the best possible support to the LTS release" instead. The gap between the releases will be bridged with backports of newer kernels and other core packages.

Users of Trisquel 4.0 or 5.5 can update through the upgrade manager built into the distribution. For other users, install images can be downloaded from the Trisquel web site. Both the 700MB standard image as well as a 500MB "Trisquel Mini" version are available.


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