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Trisquel 6.0

Updated 03/13/2013


"Trisquel, a 'libre' version of Ubuntu GNU/Linux, is now available for download and install (or update for those who already have it). It's one of the easiest 'libre' versions of Gnu/Linux to install and run. This version includes: Linux-Libre 3.2, Xorg, Abrowser 19 (a Firefox derivative that does not recommend non-free software), GNOME 3.4, and LibreOffice 3.5. They're also simplifying their release schedule: 'This release is a Long Term Support one, meaning that bugfix and security updates will be published until 2017. Along with this we have decided to change our release schedule from this point on: we will no longer publish short term support versions every 6 months, but focus on giving the best possible support to the LTS release, providing backported improvements to core packages like the kernel, the browser and the xorg server among others.'"

Install Sugar

  • Trisquel is based on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
Ubuntu will install a handicapped sugar 0.90 from it's repos
There are only 2 activities included; and they do not start.
  • RECOMMENDED workarounds :
Sugar 0.98.8 only
Dextrose-sugar 0.98.7 Ubuntu_12.04.2_LTS live
  • New: 09/24/2017 a new Dedicated Sugar Build in Ubuntu 12.04.2 NOT Trisquel
(It is possible to install to HD and then install KDE or gnome Desktop.)
Click on the ^ link
Sweets-Distribution - install Sugar 0.94.1 in Trisquel
The following is a summary of this link
Consult it for more detailed information
  • type the following commands in a terminal:
sudo sh

sweets-distribution status

sudo sweets-distribution select 0.94

apt-get install sweets-desktop
(The full set of packages from Sweets Desktop.)
Sometimes, it may be required to downgrade packages while switching to another repository.
The easy way to do so is with the sync command:
sudo sweets-distribution sync

Most of the Sweets Distribution packages will be placed in the /opt/sweets directory; :thus, it will be possible to use Sugar from the Sweets Distribution and from official packages at the same time.
  • Access sweets-sugar from:
  1. menu/education/sugar
  2. Or by logging out and logging in to sweets-sugar via gdm
  • Sweets-Desktop running on Trisquel 6.0
Tris6 sugar F1.png

Trisquel 5.5

Screenshot of Trisquel 5.5
Also has optional sweets-distribution:Factory installed.
Note Sugar XO Avitar in right top corner of desktop.

Trisquel GNU/Linux is a fully free operating system endorsed by the FSF. It has a stand alone Live/Installable image for CD and USB drives. It is based on Ubuntu, but is not Ubuntu.
  • Trisquel Packages

Release announcement - 16 April 2012

-- Rubén Rodríguez, Trisquel project leader
  • Note: Install to Hard Disk is located in "System Settings" Or use command "ubiquity" from terminal.

Trisquel 5.0

Trisquel 5.0
* 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

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. 

Boots on MacBook Air

Will save settings if Persistent USB disk plugged in when booted from CD
Insert USB disk in Mac
Persistent USB disk 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 disk

Live USB disk with persistence
(Makes USB device with 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 Virtual Machine
USB 2.0 Controller activated in Settings/Ports/USB/USB Device Filters
2 GB Target USB disk 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 disk and select it
move persistence slider to desired persistence
"Make Startup Disk"

2-Install to USB disk from Booted CD

Full install to USB disk as Hard Disk
Trisquel-4.1-sugar.iso burned to CD
8 GB USB disk formatted as fat 16
Install from CD boot screen
select 8 GB USB disk as HD
boot USB disk
Use usb-creator-gtk on 8 GB USB disk to write a 2nd live USB disk
  1. Download firefox-6.xo from ASLO
  2. or drag drop from USB disk
  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 disk (2 GB or larger)
  12. select target USB disk and set persistence
  13. Create USB disk

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 (430 MB) 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 later) 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.

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)
right click on central X0
My Settings
software update (13)
Insert 2nd USB disk 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 disk from trisquel_4.0.1_i686.iso

Open System/Administration/USB Startup Disk Creator
Password (root)
<OTHER> File System/home/(user)/Desktop/trisquel_4.0.1_i686.iso
Insert 4 GB USB disk
Stored in extra reserved space (move slider for persistence)
Make Start Up Disk
Safely remove USB disk
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: