Did you know ... Trisquel?

We start with a little history:

When we talk about 100% free software we usually immediately relate it to Richard Stallman, father of the GNU project and the philosophy of free software. As you will see, he also had a role in this distribution. Before the existence of free distributions Stallman was not sure what kind of distributions to recommend, since they all had some proprietary software, at that time he was using Debian. Until the existence of Ututo, few distributions considered to form only with free software...

Celtic strength

Trisquel GNU / Linux started his way in the University of Vigo There in distant Spain, at that time based on Debian, it was officially presented at the Polytechnic Building of the Orense Campus in 2005, with the presence of Stallman as a guest, it gave an emotional speech to those then computer science students. Arose as the need to create a free OS and in Galician.


Trisquel is oriented to be a 100% free operating system easy to use for the home user, it is based on Ubuntu from edition 2.0; and despite this it has your own repositories and a package database (like Debian packages). Its logo is the Celtic symbol of the triskelion, although in truth this is three Debian spirals united in the center, a small tribute to the Debian project and their work. Currently the leader and main developer is Ruben Rodriguez.


Its default desktop is Gnome, although it also has a version with LXDE (Trisquel Mini) still in development. KDE, Xfce and the popular window managers are also installable via repositories, or a clean install from disks netinstall.

In turn, it has 4 different versions:

triskele: the main version, ideal for the common user; easy to use and install.

Trisquel Edu: which is intended to be used in educational centers, appears next to the LTS. Includes educational packages and a classroom management system.

Triskele Pro- Intended for business, accounting, management, graphic design, and office packages. Like the Edu version, it only appears in LTS.

Mini Trisquel: the light version of Trisquel. It has LXDE by default and other lightweight applications, designed for use on netbooks and computers with few resources.

Being based on Ubuntu inherits its ease of installation, packages, and stability. Makes use of free linux kernel, which does not have proprietary firmware binary blobs. Due to its philosophy, no proprietary software or drivers are used, and in its forum no proprietary hardware is supported nor are non-free applications recommended.

Like Debian, it also has a variant of the Firefox browser as it is not considered recommended: abrowser.

Despite having few developers, it has a growing community of users, and it is one of the few distributions that the FSF and the GNU project recommend use.

It has several support systems for the maintenance of the distribution, such as voluntary donations via Paypal, an affiliation system, and a gift shop with various articles related to Trisquel.

Goes by free

The experience with Trisquel is comparable to any distribution and is open to different possibilities depending on the type of use you give it. But if you have hardware not supported by free kernel I think it is not recommended for you. It also does not allow you to install proprietary applications, nor does it support them.

Although, if the daily use of the computer is an office equipment, to do tasks, a little design or programming; Trisquel can meet your needs perfectly.

For example, in my case I only use the computer to do a few jobs, write in Abiword, mail, play crawl on Roxterm, and listen to some music. I use Midori as my browser, its ad blocker and Gnash work well for my use of the network. I don't need to have the latest apps, or the newest, that's why I use the LTS version.

But each experience is different, and in my personal use it is just what I need. Maybe some feel "limited" or a little frustrated that you can't get certain devices to work on it.

Well guys, and with this concludes this brief review, I hope that if you did not know it this can help you clear your doubts. And if you already knew her, do not hesitate to give it a try, I assure you will not regret.

We read later, greetings to all.

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  1.   Courage said

    Being based on Ubuntu inherits its ease of installation, packages, and stability

    Hahaha then as I inherit that badly we go.

    1.    ldd said

      Ubuntu seems to you stable?

      1.    Courage said

        Not at all

        1.    Windousian said

          Sometimes I think Canonical has hired you to advertise. I am based on the "'better that they talk about one, even if it's bad." You promote Ubuntu as much as you can. With your comments you encourage the curiosity of those who do not know it and motivate the ubunteros to continue defending its distribution ... they definitely pay you 😛.

          1.    Courage said

            Well, notice that what I'm looking for is the opposite, that the distro is not used

          2.    Windousian said

            Yeah, yeah ... that's what you write but your actions suggest something else XD.

          3.    Courage said

            Haha well from now on I will say that the distros that I like are shit for them to use.

          4.    anubis said

            And isn't it better that you just stop talking? 😛

          5.    Courage said

            Fuck Annubis, always the same with you male

    2.    Maxwell said

      Well, it does seem stable to me, it is the distribution that has best adapted to my computers; I even dare to say that it has worked better for me than Debian itself.

      Matter of taste, if it doesn't seem like it to you, I respect it. And with all due respect Courage, I am not going to tolerate that kind of attitude from you.

      1.    Courage said

        I must have said something very serious.

        It's one thing to say "Ubuntu isn't stable," which is what I said, and it's quite another to say "Ubuntu is crap," which I didn't say.

        1.    Maxwell said

          Look, I don't know your circumstances or anything like that and I really respect your way of thinking. But if you are going to write something borderline, I ask you please at least not write "that" in my posts.


          1.    Courage said

            I better shut up because I don't feel like arguing.

            If for you that is bad edge, let's go

          2.    pandev92 said

            HAHAAHA has been chopped

  2.   Windousian said

    I have known Trisquel since it was presented (thanks to the proximity of the event) and although it seems to me an excellent distribution (one of the best within its philosophy) I cannot use it because in these times its politics limits you too much.

    Now, all those who say they agree 100% with Stallman should use this or a similar one. But there is a lot of hypocrisy out there. I am clear that proprietary software is necessary (at this time) and only the popularity of GNU / Linux can eliminate that need.

    1.    Maxwell said

      Well, I think it is not as necessary as they want us to believe.

      What would happen if all users who wage "holy wars" and live ranting against free alternatives, one day, just one, worked as the community they are?

      Surely the world would be a better place. On the other hand, when making use of proprietary software, the only thing that is done is to continue depending on them, to give them power; And that does not make me funny at all. Hypocrisy, maybe; But if we do not "put the batteries" as they say in my country, then when?


      1.    Windousian said

        Hardware makers only think about this: ($) _ ($). No matter how united the community is, what counts is the number of users. To get popular we need proprietary software (like drivers). We must use them with the aim of attracting ordinary people (not derogatory). With a good base of "consumers" we could push for free hardware to be made or at least to improve proprietary drivers.
        Another way (which Chango seems to indicate) is to develop teams with free hardware and hope that they will be successful. So we skip the need to have proprietary controllers.

        Whatever the form, the goal of the FSF is to transform society to be freer. I repeat, THE SOCIETY. That the community come together more, the pat on the back, criticize the external,… with that we manage to maintain a closed circle that will become entrenched and will give rise to a narcissistic boil that will be useless.

        1.    Ares said

          As you say, what matters to them is money. What do you gain that you have many users but that in the end everyone will think that the proprietary is "necessary" to be able to use the system? It is worth nothing, because having many users would already imply that they had many clients, who ate what they were given; It is worth nothing that there are many as it is not worth when there are few users and "experts" who already prefer private things and consider them "necessary."

          That is why the important thing is the idea, when people are aware of the importance of Software being Free, their change to the Free System will be automatic and if there is no free support they will not buy that hardware and that language will be understood by the manufacturers.

          There will be no change until people (a lot or a few) say "I'm not going to buy you until you give me I want it", but if what they are going to say «Ok I think we are a large group now, are you going to change what they gave us for what we want, please? Or do we go and find more people? ».

      2.    Ares said

        I was going to say something but you've already said it all.

        Continuing to use these software is what makes them "necessary" and that only gives them power. Then, how do they expect the miracle to happen that they become Free (or that the Free progress)?

        The "popularity" of GNU / Linux does nothing, just using "Linux" is not enough.

        I don't know what he meant about hypocrisy, yes there is, but in that paragraph, it seems that he was talking about another (not the one I know).

  3.   Chango said

    Trisquel is rock solid, and it detects a good deal of hardware, as long as you have free drivers. Now, I prefer the use of SalixOS (based on slackware), for reasons of taste, I also do not see bad that the kernel has blobs, as long as they do not send personal information, or do dirty things (I am always following the news that They talk about Bios or hardware that violates security, simple paranoia, conspiracy theory, or right?). Actually, the great battle of the next few years is Free Hardware: no matter how much you use 100% free software, the physical part is still exclusive ... That is why I think that those of us who use Linux do it for things that go beyond judging a piece as "free or not free." I said.

  4.   jose said

    It would be great based on Debian and not Ubuntu. To use one based on (other than mother) I prefer to use the one based on Ubuntu.

    1.    Maxwell said

      Well, you have Venenux, a 100% free distro with KDE and based on Debian. I would not recommend using Ubuntu because it contains proprietary software, but I respect your tastes.


      1.    Windousian said

        Venenux is not a little stopped?

        1.    Ares said

          Not quite. She is alive at least.

  5.   anubis_linux said

    very good article .. but where can you download .. to do some test?

    1.    Maxwell said

      You can download from the official page


      Although I would recommend waiting for Brigantia, which will be released in a few days.


  6.   Aaron Mendo said

    I share the ideology of 100% free software and I think that if someone is interested in using free software, they must first check: http://www.h-node.org/hardware/catalogue/es to see that the hardware that gets along better with a 100% free distro.


  7.   ridri said

    I've tried it for a season and it's going great. Super fast and light. It has not been mentioned that one of its characteristics is to carry a kernel in real time. In addition, it seems that the free kernel by not having the proprietary drivers is much lighter. In startup speed it is only comparable to archlinux.
    As for installing proprietary software, I had no problems with flashplayer (I don't quite remember if I installed it with a repository). I think that the big problem comes with the wifi cards that are not supported as well as graphics.

  8.   spiff said

    I use Trisquel for a matter of principles (politics, ideology, conspiracy, whatever you want to call it) and the truth is that it is very stable. On the other hand, I can't say the same for Ubuntu and since I'm not quite sure what it means for one distro to be based on another, I suspect that Ubuntu bugs are part of the "user experience", perhaps to make it easier the transition to the people of Windous or what do I know.

    The fact is that I have not had problems since I installed it, about three months ago, and the only thing I stopped using (before I used Debian) is the Adobe flash player, which still sucks, the Nvidia graphics driver (crap) and non-free multimedia codecs, which are not needed in Trisquel.

    It is fortunate that I was not so prejudiced before trying it.

    1.    elav <° Linux said

      Well, depending on Ubuntu means (among other things) that they use the same packages that are in the repositories of the South African distro. Although I don't know how Trisquel works, nor the repositories it uses. If you have not had problems with this distro, I can only tell you: Congratulations!

      I just have a question .. That browser you use ABrowse r, where can I get it? What is it based on?

      1.    Windousian said

        It is a variant of the Firefox browser (Maxwell puts it in his post).

        I am amused that he despises Nvidia's proprietary driver and proprietary formats. I do need them (and have wifi too).

      2.    Maxwell said


        Trisquel has its own repositories, its packaging is based on Ubuntu's, only without non-free software. If you want to use Abrowser you can look for it here:



        1.    elav <° Linux said

          No man, it's not that I feel like using it, it's that I don't know anything about it. Can you give me more details? I don't have access to that site ¬¬

          1.    Maxwell said

            Ah, I think I remember that a while ago while I was looking for manuals, I was reading on a Debian page about the blockade of Cuba. Sorry, I forgot that matter.

            I put the description as it says the package search engine:

            ABrowser is an unbranded version of the famous Firefox web browser. It is written in the XUL language and designed to be lightweight and cross-platform.

            This is a metapackage focused on the latest abrowser package in your distribution. Please do not uninstall it if you want to automatically receive important updates for this package in the future.

            In short, ABrowser is what Iceweasel is to Debian. An unbranded browser based on Firefox, although you can also install GNU Icecat, which has been almost the same.

            Personally, I don't use it because it seems very heavy to me, and as I say, the less dependencies it has, the better. That is why I use Midori.

            Greetings and forgive my memory xD

      3.    spiff said

        It's Abrowser, fork of Mozilla Firefox (similar to Iceweasel and IceCat). It seems to me that it is misspelled or it is different and matches your search pattern. I don't know how that works.

  9.   moony said

    Hell, I'm the only one who is not interested in derived distributions. Do you want a free distribution? Do you use debian and at the end of the repositories it puts "free". And that's it, congratulations Richad Stallman and everything !! Debian has had a "social contract" for about 15 years and fulfills it: http://www.debian.org/social_contract.es.html

    It wasn't so difficult! Ma que trisquell ni gsence or whatever it's called.

    1.    Windousian said

      In Debian they support proprietary software and Stallman doesn't like that. But hey, now that I think about it, who has a free bios on their computer? We are all stigmatized.

      1.    diazepam said

        Richard has it on his Lemote Yeelong. The only computer with Free BIOS

        1.    Windousian said

          Yes, Stallman always leading by example. Does anyone else have a YeeLoong 8101B?

          1.    diazepam said

            I dont know. In addition, it must be ordered from the manufacturer.

    2.    Maxwell said

      Debian is not free enough, and contrary to its social contract, it supports proprietary hardware and has facilities to install non-free software. The Trisquel project is focused on a different type of user than Debian would use.


    3.    Ares said

      That makes a free install, but the distro continues to distribute non-free software.

  10.   diazepam said

    I subscribe to Aaron's comment on the h-node site. The distros suggested by the FSF (like trisquel) are for people who like to build their computer. But for those debuting in linux, it can be nightmarish


    Excuse me if you think I'm doing "self-talk."

    1.    Windousian said

      I read that entry in its day (very good) and I understand you perfectly. But let's emphasize that in the Trisquel forum they try to be consistent, as you write, their reaction is logical.

      As for the h-node site, I can't find the motherboards (or motherboards) where are they?

      1.    diazepam said
  11.   Nonamed said

    I use debian main, which has been the same, 100% free

    I will always ask myself why they will not put the official website of the project when they talk about something, advertising, if it is done, you have to do it well xD

  12.   willow said

    I am very interested in the proposed system but unfortunately I cannot install it on my computer due to hardware conflicts, I have always been a fan of NVIDIA GPUs but with the appearance of Optimus technology it leaves me out of the game with distros like this, thanks for the data anyway, greetings.

  13.   rv said

    Trisquel is a glory. I imagine that if it does not recognize some hardware it can obviously be annoying, but I have installed it on many machines and it has never happened to me, from the GPU to the printer, everything running automagically and without problems.
    Binary blobs cannot be controlled, like everything binary, one can only have 'trust' in the provider. Even without considering the moral misery of proprietary software, in terms of security it is simply unsustainable.
    From my experience: I recommend trying Trisquel and then talking. It has given me nothing but satisfaction, both ethical and technical.
    Long live Free Culture!

  14.   ubuntu free said

    Trisquel sucks most things do not work it is like having a wooden pedal car and going modern and it is only possible to get a minimum performance from the computer is the communism of the distros, freedom consists in being able to choose and when one distro as trisquel only allows you to work with "free" software, it is just another TOTALITARY system like Windows.

  15.   Pablo said

    Hello everyone! The truth is that I am very satisfied with the change I made by switching to Trisquel, which is currently going for version 6 with broad support for five years. Before I used ubuntu, but I have been able to find out in the bibliography (for example, stallman's book on why software has to be free) and about the convenience of using 100% free software, and I think that it is not only an ethical advantage, but also user level.
    I understand that some people may disagree and it is understandable, but in my case it has served me wonderfully.
    The direction of some linux distributions, which include proprietary software, seems to me that to some extent it could be said, contrary to what free software means, without blobs in the core of the system, or proprietary binaries, which as one user said Above who do not remember his name at this time, the flash plugin is not only deficient, and is about to be obsolete, but also sends data who knows where. Technology is a tool and free software gives you the possibility of having control of the machine and not the other way around, as proprietary software does, and with regard to this there are interests that pressure to continue depending on this software in the world of computer science today.
    (If you do not observe Flash, the law soup)

  16.   Igniz-X said

    About Trisquel, I can only speak wonders. I'm a newbie at this, I haven't even been using Linux distros for 6 months, and out of good curiosity, I wanted to try Trisquel (6.0), and everything was excellent: resolution, sound, WIFI !!!! ... I'm not a fan of AMD, I prefer Intel and I think it adapted 100% with my laptop…. it just annoys me a bit, some places that I visit and that use the flash, and that simply were not in Trisquel, I looked for everything ... magic lantern, greasemonkey, etc ...

    I left it for Opensuse 12.3, because it seems to me that I am not ready, to assume the ethical commitment, that the people who use that distro have assumed, even so it is to applaud, their effort, and when that step, finally, I have very clear, which distro I am going to choose….


  17.   Paul said

    Hello, maybe they will criticize me, but having a PC on which you will not be able to install your favorite programs because of following a current of software is not very useful.

    I understand that Windows tries to "use" the user, sending information to third parties, and represents a barrier as it is not free software, but rather a private license. But THE PROGRAMS THAT WORK in Windows (many are free) are the ones that make it useful. It's the programs.

    Ok Trisquel is free, and very stable. But it is not useful to install it, because it does not support mp3 or applications that are proprietary, but that do work for real

    I don't know why some developers see "proprietary" programs as malicious. There are proprietary programs that are very good, and that do not send unauthorized information to third parties.

    I would not install trisquel on my pc. I have a graphics card, I bought it to use it. Not to run out of drivers.

    For now, I use Windows 10, accompanied by BURG alongside Ubuntu. I configured the latter to not send information to amazon about my searches in unity.

    A PC is to be useful, for it to adapt to us, not for us to adapt to it.


  18.   Any one said

    The ideal, for me, is to use Tails on a USB. Everything works, on almost any computer.