[Trisquel-announce] Trisquel 6.0 LTS "Toutatis" has arrived!

Rubén Rodríguez Pérez ruben at trisquel.info
Mon Mar 11 22:25:01 CET 2013

Read the announcement online:


This long awaited release is based on Ubuntu Precise, and as usual comes
full of free software goodness. We continue to provide an easy to use
classic desktop experience complete with full featured browsing, office,
communications and social networking utilities.

Download it while it is hot! http://trisquel.info/download

== New Features ==

  * Linux-Libre 3.2
  * Xorg
  * Abrowser 19
  * GNOME 3.4
  * LibreOffice 3.5

=== A better browser ===

Our web browser without a name (Abrowser, a Firefox derivative that does
not recommend non-free software) now comes with shiny new features, like
full html5 video support (webm, h264 and other formats) that allow to
use sites like Youtube without a flash plugin. This version can also
show pdf files without a plugin, and implement instant messaging web
applications based on WebRTC.

=== Accessible by default ===

In the quest for an improved experience for disabled users that we
started some releases ago we used to make an special version (the
International live DVD) that came with the digital ramps turned on by
default. In this release we took that idea one step further and now all
the images are equally accessible for visually impaired users: if while
booting the live cd you don't touch any key and let the 30 seconds
countdown finish, the screen reader will be on when the desktop is

=== Extended support ===

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. We will also make it easier for
volunteers to provide newer versions of extra packages through an
optional community-backports repository.

We will publish point releases every 6 months including all improvements
done to the system in that time.

== How to update ==

If you are running Trisquel 4.0 or 5.5, a system upgrade will be
available in the system updater application (if you run a server use
"sudo do-release-upgrade"). If you use Trisquel 4.5 or 5.0 you need to
apply each update step (4.5, 5.0, 5.5, 6.0) or upgrade manually. Ask for
instructions to an experienced user to do so, in our forums, mailing
lists or IRC channels.

== How to help ==

With this release we are maintaining enough sources to produce over a
thousand packages adapted to Trisquel to either improve their freedom,
user privacy, usability and accessibility among other features. We run
all our main resources ourselves (compilation, distribution and web
servers) and all our online services run on our own machines to make us
completely self contained. This is a big effort, and we would like you
to take part in it. We are improving our development services to make
room for volunteer hackers to join in a community effort to improve the
system, but if you don't know how to debug or maintain packages you can
still contribute by improving the wiki, help others in the forums,
translating, or finding and reporting bugs. And if you don't have time
for it you can help by making donations (http://trisquel.info/donate),
joining our membership (http://trisquel.info/member) program, or buying
gifts in our stores (http://trisquel.info/store).

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