They say that good things come to those who wait, and for this release there has been a lot of waiting but also plenty of good things. Trisquel 9.0, codename "Etiona" is our most polished release yet, thanks to the contribution of a very committed team of volunteers. This release comes in several flavors:
- MATE desktop, the default. Based on the popular fork of GNOME 2.x, this edition provides a classic desktop environment matching the user experience of previous Trisquel releases.
- Trisquel Mini, a lightweight version for older machines and netbooks. Based on the LXDE desktop environment and a selection of resource-saving applications to bring new life to your hardware.
- Triskel, running the KDE environment. Excellent for customizing the design and look in fine detail.
- Trisquel netinstall image. To deploy with a command-line install interface, ideal for servers and advanced users.
- Trisquel TOAST, based on the Sugar learning platform. Comes with dozens of educational activities for children.
Despite the longer than usual release time, all packages are fully up to date with long-term-support updates and security patches. The default web browser "Abrowser", our freedom and privacy respecting take on Mozilla's browser, provides the latest updates from upstream for a great browsing experience. Backports provide extended hardware support and other goodies like a newer LibreOffice and many other utilities.
Special thanks (in no particular order, and probably forgetting a few!) to adfeno, Ark74, leny2010, chaosmonk, davidpgil, dctrud, daroal, proninyaroslav, sudoman, a_slacker_here, rms, bill-auger, pabloyoyoista, kpengboy, pikurasa, mtsio, bandali, thomzane, jxself, valessio, DiivaaD, DNS, Eighth_Doctor, iank, fredd, freekurt, aklis, gnutastyc, calher, CharlieBrown, satellit, charh, fvnines, pehjota, and the whole Trisquel community, for your contributions, support, ideas and continuous encouragement.
Give Trisquel 10 a name
The development work for the next release is ready to start, and the first step start building packages is to set a codename. Join the forum/mailing-list to bring suggestions for an inspiring name from the celtic mythology (as is tradition).
New development server
Thanks to the Free Software Foundation, we now have a dedicated development server built on freedom-respecting hardware, ready to start working on Trisquel 10. A beefy 32-core, 128GB RAM machine built on the KGPE-D16 motherboard running Libreboot, hosted at the FSF's datacenter rack in Somerville.