Its main purpose is to provide an operating system for varied audience, including home and office users, educational institutions, multimedia workstations, etc. The project is developed by the Universidad de Vigo and sponsored by the Council for Innovation and Industry of the regional government of Galicia, Spain.
Trisquel GNU/Linux is a GNU/Linux distribution using a free version of the Linux kernel as distributed by the Linux-libre project. The main goals of the project are the production of a fully free as in speech system that must be easy to use, complete, and with good language support including translations for the English (default), Basque, Catalonian, Chinese, French, Galician, Hindi, Portuguese and Spanish languages.
Trisquel's name comes from the Celtic symbol triskelion, or triskele in English, consisting of three interlocked spirals. The project's logo depicts a triskelion made of the union of three Debian swirls as a sign of recognition to the project on which it is based.
The project began in 2004 with the sponsorship of the University of Vigo, and officially presented in April 2005 with Richard Stallman, founder of the GNU Project, as a special guest. It was originally developed as a Debian-based distribution, but the repositories were changed to Ubuntu with the 2.0 release, in the summer of 2008.
The project hosts its own repositories which are derivatives of Ubuntu's main and universe components, but with all proprietary software removed. The differences include the removal of all non-free packages, the substitution of the original Linux kernel with the blob-free version linux-libre, and the addition of several packages.
By December 11, 2008, Trisquel GNU/Linux was included by the Free Software Foundation in the list of free GNU/Linux distributions available at the GNU webpage, following the verification process taken to ensure the commitment of the Trisquel development team and community to promoting and distributing only 100% free software.
• 2011-05-25: Distribution Release: Puppy Linux 5.1.2 "Wary"
• 2011-04-03: Distribution Release: Puppy Linux 5.2.5
• 2011-02-21: Distribution Release: Puppy Linux 5.1 "Wary"
• 2011-01-06: Distribution Release: Puppy Linux 5.2
• 2010-12-29: Distribution Release: Puppy Linux 5.0 "Wary"
• 2010-08-13: Distribution Release: Puppy Linux 5.1
Updates (via Distrowatch):
Barry Kauler has announced the release of Puppy Linux 5.1.2 "Wary" edition, a lightweight distribution specifically designed for running on old and low-resource hardware: "I was thinking of this release as a bug-fix release of 5.1.1, but when I started to tally the changes, I realised that there are a lot and probably I should have bumped the version to 5.2! Wary 5.1.2 is the latest of the Wary series of Puppy Linux that focuses on supporting older hardware. The emphasis is on incremental improvements and bug fixes rather than quantum changes, and 5.1.2 has many bug fixes, improvements and upgrades relative to 5.1.1, many more than you might expect from a sub-minor version increment. Built from the latest Woof, there are major improvements with hardware detection, some new helpful system-level GUIs, and 'fido' non-root user account is introduced (for experimenters only at this stage)."
Read the release announcement and the release notes for further details.
Download: wary-5.1.2.iso (120MB, MD5).