Trisquel GNU/Linux, a 100% free operating system which comes with a complete selection of programs that can be easily extended using a graphical installer, has just reached version 6.0.1 LTS and is now available for download.
As you might have guessed from the LTS denomination, Trisquel GNU/Linux (Toutatis) is based on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) and the newly released version comes with a large number of improvements.
The developers take pride in the fact that Trisquel is a completely free operating system and it will remain free forever. The Linux distribution also doesn't integrate any applications that are not completely free.
There are three different versions of Trisquel: the Base (based on GNOME), which is for home and personal use and features applications for productivity, entertainment, networking, and more, Mini, which is aimed at netbooks and older computers and comes with the LXDE desktop, and NetInstall, which is designed for servers and comes with a text-based network installer.
There are two versions for each flavor of Trisquel, for 32 bit and 64 bit. If you already have Trisquel installed, you won't have to do anything special. Just perform a regular system update and you will be up to speed. You can also try sudo apt-get dist-upgrade from the terminal.
“Trisquel can now be installed on UEFI based computers by disabling the security system in the BIOS setup. We do not sign our kernels or boot managers as that would require us to request permission from Microsoft, something that shouldn't be needed in any case,” the developers also said in the announcement.
There aren't many changes from the previous release, but some of them are really worth it. For example, support has been added for UEFI installation, but it will only work for the 64-bit architectures. This is not the fault of the Trisquel developers and it's unlikely that the 32-bit version will ever work.
Also, the Abrowser has been upgraded to v28, which comes with improved privacy settings, Linux-libre has been updated to 3.2.0-60, 3.5 and 3.11 branches available in the repositories, the open-ath9k-htc firmware has been added to the images, and all the free firmware files have been implemented into the netinstall images, so they can be used over wifi.
Canonical is about to release a new Ubuntu LTS version very soon, so it's likely that a new Trisquel LTS release is on its way.