Trisquel 7.0 LTS Belenos released

In today's open source roundup: Trisquel 7.0 LTS Belenos offers only free software. Plus: Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca coming in November with Cinnamon 2.4, and openSUSE 13.2 released

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Credit: Trisquel

Most Linux distributions tend to be a blend of mostly free software, along with some proprietary items such as drivers, etc. But Trisquel is one of the few distros that offers only free software. Trisquel 7.0 LTS Belenos is the latest release, and it should please most free software aficionados.

According to Trisquel:

Version 7 of the Trisquel GNU/Linux distribution, codenamed Belenos after a Celtic sun god, has been released. Belenos is a Long Term Support release that will be maintained until 2019. Relevant new packages and features include:

Kernel Linux-libre 3.13 with lowlatency and bfq scheduling by default.

Custom desktop based on GNOME 3.12 fallback.

Abrowser 33 (a free Firefox derivative) as default browser.

Electrum Bitcoin Wallet preinstalled.

More at Trisquel

Hat tip: Reddit

If you haven't used Trisquel before then be sure to read the Trisquel FAQ. There's also a Trisquel discussion forum if you need assistance, and a Trisquel subreddit on Reddit if you want to connect with fellow Trisquel users there.

You can download Trisquel right now in 32-bit or 64-bit versions. You can also choose between the main version, which uses GNOME as the desktop, and a lighter version called Trisquel Mini that uses LXDE instead of GNOME. There's even a smaller version for kids called Trisquel Sugar Toast.

If using truly free software matters to you then you should definitely check out Trisquel. I've reviewed it before for Desktop Linux Reviews, and I've always found it to be a worthy desktop Linux distribution. It's focus on free softwware only is still a bit of a rarity among Linux distros. So please do take a look at it, you might be pleasantly surprised if you haven't used it before.

Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca coming in November with Cinnamon 2.4

Clement Lefebvre, the head developer for Linux Mint, announced a few days ago that Cinnamon 2.4 will be included in the forthcoming Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca.

According to Segfault:

On behalf of the team and all the developers who contributed to this build, I am proud to announce the release of Cinnamon 2.4!

This new version will be featured in Linux Mint 17.1 “Rebecca” planned for the end of November and in LMDE 2 “Betsy” planned for Spring 2015.

More at Segfault

Hat tip: Softpedia

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