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Screenshot of Trisquel 4.5

Trisquel GNU/Linux is a fully free operating system endorsed by the FSF. It has an educational edition, based on Ubuntu LTS, and also a stand alone Live/Installable image for CD and USB drives, based on the latest Ubuntu version. More info: and Trisquel On A Sugar Toast.


Trisquel Packages

Trisquel 5.0

Trisquel 5.0 based on the last Ubuntu release (11.04 Natty Narwhal)
* Based on Ubuntu 11.04
* Linux-Libre 2.6.38
* GNOME 2.32
       o LXDE 0.5 in Trisquel Mini
       o KDE 4.6 in Triskel
  * IceCat 5.0
  * LibreOffice 3.3.0
Development Notes:
  • CD Boots on Macintosh Pro i7
Hold option button on boot; select CD
Sound Works
Bluetooth sees Magic Mouse but cannot see code
Wired networking works
Firefox works
Add Sugar 0.88.1 to Trisquel 5.0
Preferred version Experimental Solution
Add Sugar 0.90 to Trisquel 5.0
This is an Experimental Solution
Sweets Distribution can be used to Add an additional Repository to synaptic
Installing Toast (a Dextrose 3 variety of sugar 0.92.1) alongside the GNOME desktop of Trisquel 5.0

Boots on MacBook Air

Will save settings if Persistent USB plugged in when booted from CD
Insert USB in Mac
Persistent USB can be made with Ubuntu-gnome "USB Startup Disk Creator:(usb-creator) or see section below to create one from a booted CD
Boot from CD (hold down "C" key until isolinux screen appears-10sec or more) select Safe Graphics Mode
To free up a USB port go to frame and disconnect the CD. Unplug the DVD/CD, then the network dongle can be inserted in the freed up USB port.
(The MacBook Air only has 2 USB ports)
  • If you log out or change items in Control Panel that require a restart: user=trisquel Password= ( ) no entry

1-) usb-creator-gtk to make Persistent USB

Live USB with persistence
(Makes USB in MacBook Pro i7 running VirtualBox 4.0.4 and Trisquel_4.1_amd64 Virtual Machine.)
Does not boot with or without rEFIt BootCD on Mac.
Works on Acer ASPIRE ONE as boot USB
  • Requires:
Running Trisquel or Ubuntu Virtual Machine
USB2.0 Controller activated in Settings/Ports/USB/USB Device Filters
2 GB Target USB formatted as fat 16
trisquel-sugar_4.1_i686.iso Downloaded to Virtual Machine
/dev/sr0 (Trisquel 4.1-Sugar-CD)
Note:Using CD is much slower than using the trisquel-sugar_4.1_i686.iso Downloaded to Virtual Machine.
  • IN Terminal: "usb-creator-gtk"
Select other and chose CD or .iso
Insert Target USB and select it
move persistence slider to desired persistence
"Make Startup Disk"

2-Install to USB from Booted CD

Full install to USB as HardDisk
Trisquel-4.1-sugar.iso burned to CD
8 GB USB USB formatted as fat 16
Install from CD boot screen
select 8 GB USB as HD
boot USB
Use usb-creator-gtk on 8GB USB to write a 2nd live USB
  1. Download firefox-6.xo from ASLO
  2. or drag drop from USB
  3. start firefox
  4. set firefox Preferences for Download to "ASK"
  5. go to
  6. Download trisquel-sugar_4.1_i686.iso
  7. save to /home/sugar/
  8. exit firefox
  9. Terminal: "usb-creator-gtk"
  10. other: select trisquel-sugar_4.1_i686.iso
  11. insert target USB (2GB or larger)
  12. select target USB and set persistence
  13. Create USB

Trisquel On A Sugar Toast

Trisquel On A Sugar Toast

A live CD with Sugar-desktop only

Live image trisquel-sugar_3.0

You can download the (430MB) iso image from here:


To create a live USB disk with user data persistence, you can burn the image in a CD and use it to start a live session. Then plug the USB unit, open the terminal, and run "usb-creator".(usb-creator-gtk) A launcher application is coming.

The usb-creator helper is also included in the Trisquel 3 (and Ubuntu) desktop applications. If you use a different GNU/Linux distribution or Windows, you can use FUSBi instead.

You can now log out of your session and login into Sugar. If your computer is a LTSP server, it would be serving Sugar already.

Notes on Wireless

from (sirgrant 01/15/2012)
The package wireless-tools is free software and is in the Trisquel repository.  "firmware-ralink" is non-free software.
If you read the copyright file it says you can only distribute it in binary form without modification meaning it isn't libre software.  We can't recommend you install that package. 

Configure a Trisquel edu LTSP server

You can follow the instructions in the Trisquel wiki.

Installing Sugar on Trisquel 3.0

You can install Sugar with the above method, but using this repository line instead:

echo "deb sugar-dwyn main" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list
sudo apt-get update

Trisquel 4.5 RC VirtualBox 4.0.4 appliance

XChat; surf115-xo; updated; cleared of identity; autostart
password sugaruser

Install Sugar-Desktop 0.88.1 with Synaptic

search sugar
install sugar-emulator
search  sugar
check all sugar applications (but not Trisquel-Sugar or Ubuntu sugar remix)
  • Menu/Education/Sugar right click add this launcher to the desktop
right click on sugar icon/properties
edit command: "/usr/bin/sugar-emulator -f"  (for full screen)
  • Open sugar
right click on central X0
My Settings
software update (13)
Insert 2nd USB with surf-115.xo 
    you can download it from: to a USB Stick
Click on journal
click on usb icon in bottom left corner
click on surf-115 and drag it to journal icon in bottom left corner
  • Congratulations You have sugar-desktop installed

Create Live USB from trisquel_4.0.1_i686.iso

In Ubuntu open System/Administration/USB Startup Disk Creator
Password (root)
<OTHER> File System/home/(user)/Desktop/trisquel_4.0.1_i686.iso
Insert 4GB USB
Stored in extra reserved space (move slider for persistence)
Make Start Up Disk
Safely remove USB
Boot Computer with Live CD
1-) Try Trisquel without any changes to your computer
Sugar-desktop 0.90.1 can be added; and run; from persistent USB
2-) Install Trisquel

/etc/apt sources.list

i386 /etc/apt sources.list

x86_64 /etc/apt sources.list

# Trisquel repositories for supported software and updates
deb taranis main
deb-src taranis main
deb taranis-security main
deb-src taranis-security main
deb taranis-updates main
deb-src taranis-updates main
#deb taranis-backports main
#deb-src taranis-backports main


Post bugs to official Trisquel bug tracker.

  • Screensaver will not turn off in Trisquel 4.5 install
In terminal
sudo su
xset -dpms
xset s off

References & Links

Current trisquel 3.0 sugar only trisquel 4.0 Gnome
Development Betas sugar 0.88.1 21-Feb-2011 21-Feb-2011
Install Videos (Video of install from Windows)
Preinstalled Laptops: