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100% Libre, Trisquel 4.5 STS 'Slaine' Released 207

Posted by timothy
from the good-enough-for-rms dept.
Aldenissin writes "Trisquel 4.5 Slaine comes with a new boot manager for the live images, an improved installer which showcases the project highlights, and new programs like the Remmina remote desktop client, the social network client Gwibber or the backup tool Deja-dup. The web browser received several changes to improve attributes like speed by enabling http pipelining and other methods, privacy with blocking third party cookies and moving to Duck Duck Go search engine — both as default, and usability with the preinstalled FlashVideoReplacer plugin that allows watching videos from YouTube, Vimeo and many others. The main packages include: Linux-libre 2.6.35, Xorg 7.5, GNOME 2.32, Mozilla based web browser 3.6.15 and OpenOffice.org 3.2. Slaine is based on Ubuntu 10.10, and as always with Trisquel, it contains just free software. Available are 32 and 64 bit flavors, and being an STS release it will be supported for a year. This release will be the "live" operating system included in the Free Software Foundation member cards from now on, in replacement of Trisquel 4.0."
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100% Libre, Trisquel 4.5 STS 'Slaine' Released

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  • what the fuck? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 25, 2011 @07:49PM (#35618640)
    I didn't understand half the nouns in that article.
    • by geekmux (1040042)

      I didn't understand half the nouns in that article.

      Man, thank goodness I'm not the only one. I was just about ready to surrender my geek card. Which member of the Borg wrote that article?

      • by Culture20 (968837)
        It took me several seconds to realize it was a Linux distro.
        • Wow, congrats, you win! Sometimes I read articles and I leave never knowing what it was, sometimes even after visiting the site. Ok, that was like only 1-2 times in like 8-9 years.

        • Re: (Score:2, Troll)

          by node 3 (115640)

          I dunno, the fact that the names were so strange made it obvious it was open source, that there were so many strange names together alluded to it being a Linux distro, and that the names were presented as though everyone should know what they are pointed towards it being GNU.

          By the time you get to the end, where they actually point all of this out, the explanation ends up being redundant, almost like a Zen parable.

      • by Aldenissin (976329) on Friday March 25, 2011 @10:59PM (#35619828)

        The author wrote it, and then I butchered it for Slashdot consumption. Resistance is futile.

      • They don't make the geeks they used to :)

        > "Trisquel 4.5 Slaine...
        could be whatever. probably mature (see version minor #)

        > ...comes with a new boot manager for the live images, an improved installer which showcases the project highlights...

        Something that boots live images and installs? it's an OS

        >... and new programs like the Remmina remote desktop client, the social network client Gwibber or the backup tool Deja-dup. The web browser received several changes to improve attributes like speed by en

        • by multisync (218450)

          So, nothing really really difficult huh?

          Yeah, I thought the GNU icon kinda gave it away too.

          Mind you, I agree with the general sentiment that it wouldn't kill submitters and editors to at least consider the posibility that some people may need a bit of background information on the subject at hand. But that would require a bit more effort that simply copy/pasting a couple paragraphs from the article and hitting submit.

    • I didn't understand half the nouns in that article.

      Heh. Me neither. That's why I read the article in the first place. :-)

  • Um... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by MrEricSir (398214) on Friday March 25, 2011 @07:52PM (#35618660) Homepage

    So on Slashdot we have to tell people who Alan Turing was, but we can just randomly spout off the names of (what I'm assuming to be) little known software packages?

    Come on, guys.

    • by thryllkill (52874)

      So on Slashdot we have to tell people who Alan Turing was, but we can just randomly spout off the names of (what I'm assuming to be) little known software packages?

      Come on, guys.

      Alan Turing was the gay guy in Cryptonomicon, right?

    • by denshao2 (1515775)
      I have been using Linux for years and never heard of this distro. It's not even in the top 100 according to Distrowatch.
      • It is one endorsed by the FSF and GNU foundations. It is 100% libre, and if I may say so the most user friendly. Being based on Ubuntu probably helps. It is also very nice looking as well.

        • by DrXym (126579)
          If it's user friendly it's because it's ubuntu with minimal changes. And those changes are retrograde - removing branding & drivers which means the dist works on less hardware. Perhaps that increases the dist's appeal to masochists who don't want their graphics card to work very well. To pragmatists, not so much.
          • Well, since you already know what it is before trying it... guess you should have submitted this.
            We do want our video cards to work. And we can use others help, by showing there is a demand. Don't use it, and you won't as quickly get free drivers. Don't have free drivers, and you get only what the vendors want to give, even it is a crappy job. And you likely know they have before.

            • I do get free drivers for all my nvidia cards... Oh you mean the other free... Yea well the other free driver for this ATi card in a laptop i have inherited is completely crap. I will continue to buy nvidia products when i have a choice- because i can get a working, and free drivers for them.
      • I volunteered for a free software event. We were supposed to hand out Trisquel CDs and I did that but I also suggested people pick up a free copy of ubuntu from across the room and try that too.

        • It is based on Ubuntu, but 100% libre.

          • Sure but I would recommend ubuntu for a non-technical person. Its not going to further the goals of free software to give them Trisquel.

            • You might be surprised. AND, it is based on Ubuntu after all.

              • ...it is based on Ubuntu after all.

                You're starting to sound like a broken record.

                • True, I should have said that it seems easier than vanilla Ubuntu and the layout may be more familiar to users of other OS's. And that I've had less trouble with it than I have with Ubuntu, but I've also mentioned this above...

  • by Yosho (135835) on Friday March 25, 2011 @07:55PM (#35618682) Homepage

    The only word in the summary that I recognise is "Release", but I can guess what "Libre" means. I don't know why you can't just use "free."

    Otherwise, could you please give some indication of what the hell this is? I even tried searching Slashdot's archives for other articles with "Trisquel" in them, and this is the only one. Should we have any idea what this is?

    • Because it can be 'free' as in source, but still cost money to download.

    • by agrif (960591) on Friday March 25, 2011 @08:22PM (#35618872) Homepage

      The only word in the summary that I recognise is "Release", but I can guess what "Libre" means. I don't know why you can't just use "free."?

      In the open source community (and most of the larger computer nerd metacommunity) the term free software [gnu.org] has a very specific meaning. Unfortunately, the english word free has two different meanings: free as in freedom, and free as in beer, as it's usually put. To anyone not in the know, free software is just software that can be obtained at no cost.

      Using the words libre and gratis [wikipedia.org] clarifies what you're talking about, and though it may not be a particularly useful distinction on slashdot, it's often used elsewhere. Most people can guess what they mean even if they've never heard them used in this context, because gratis is often used to say "this costs nothing", while libre sounds a lot like liberty.

      • You know what else sounds a lot like liberty? Liberty.
        • Yea, but when you here libre, you are pretty sure you are talking about software now, and a specific kind too.

      • by Aldenissin (976329) on Friday March 25, 2011 @09:40PM (#35619396)

        Mod parent up! That is exactly why libre is used. When you have big companies using the word free, but not in the context normally used or even free as in gratis, then you have to use a different word.

      • by westlake (615356)

        In the open source community (and most of the larger computer nerd metacommunity) the term free software has a very specific meaning.

        It is rather a pity though that nerd speech is wholly untelligible to anyone else.

  • It's a linux distro. (Score:5, Informative)

    by Seumas (6865) on Friday March 25, 2011 @07:55PM (#35618684)

    Since we apparently couldn't be bothered with adding one more sentence to the blurb so we know what the hell 'Trisquel' actually is, it's apparently a linux distribution and Slaine seems to be the code name of the new release version (ie, Hammy, Sid, Hoary Hedgehog).

    https://trisquel.info/en [trisquel.info]

  • by mjeffers (61490) on Friday March 25, 2011 @08:04PM (#35618738) Homepage

    Trisquel Slaine with Gwibber is cool and all but all the cool kids have already moved on to Aljaeguhn Tyabha with Florn.

    Now with 75% more Styhanb.

    • by Zan Lynx (87672)

      You are awesome and I wish I had mod points.

      It's always great to see more Styhanb.

  • by mjeffers (61490) on Friday March 25, 2011 @08:12PM (#35618788) Homepage

    The next time someone tells me the only reason why [productx] is so popular is due to marketing I'm sending them a link to this summary as an example of why that really really does matter.

  • by zaphirplane (1457931) on Friday March 25, 2011 @08:19PM (#35618840)

    a whole os, distro and the highlights include enabling http pipelining and including a couple of browser add-ons, switching default search engine
    Really ? really ?
    That's the problem that needs solving, thru a new disto

    • by fuzzix (700457)

      a whole os, distro and the highlights include enabling http pipelining and including a couple of browser add-ons, switching default search engine
      Really ? really ?
      That's the problem that needs solving, thru a new disto

      Yep, that's right, a whole new distro... to enable something that not everybody thinks is a great idea... I mean, if you want to make 200 http connections per web page have at it, but do it on some other web, not the one that myself and others enjoy traffic from.

    • No, those are differences between the last release, you know 4.5 indicates there have been others...

  • How pathetic; I am reading this summary, and actually responding, on a Friday evening,...
    • Then this distro should be installing right now! Ba dum tish!

      • Funny...I did go to the website to look at it. At least I learned the difference between GNU/Linux and Linus with that exercise.
  • Can't help but notice since the fork of OpenOffice was named LibreOffice, everyone is using the word Libre now. This thread is filled with instances of it by various individuals. I thought it was silly when they named it LibreOffice and I think it's silly people are jumping on the word everywhere else now.

    I realize this is dangerously off-topic (mod me so if you feel so inclined) -- I just find it strange.

  • So is libre the new free-as-in-beer?

  • I refuse to comment on unreadable headlines.
  • by nurb432 (527695)

    Or at least i think its yay.. I will know after i figure out what the hell it is..

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