The development team behind Trisquel GNU/Linux, a 100% libre distribution based on the Ubuntu Linux operating system, announced the availability of the first Alpha images for the upcoming Trisquel GNU/Linux 8.0 release.
Dubbed Flidas, Trisquel GNU/Linux 8.0 is powered by a Linux-Libre 4.4 based kernel and built around the lightweight MATE 1.12.1 desktop environment. The inclusion of MATE, which is a fork of the old GNOME 2 desktop, should enchant many of the old-school Trisquel users, and it looks like the team also did some polishing job to both the control center and file manager components.
“This decision comes from the current editions of GNOME requiring 3D acceleration even in fallback mode, a requirement that in many cases forces the user to choose between a degraded user experience and performance, or the usage of non-free graphics drivers. Instead, we aim to provide a fully functional, highly performing desktop for all users,” reads the read more)