Ade Malsasa Akbar contact
Senior author, Open Source enthusiast.
Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 00:57

This tutorial explains step by step to have your computer with Trisquel 9.0. Don’t worry this is intended for beginners so everyone can try. You will prepare at least two disk partitions and going through about twenty minutes to finish it. For your information, different to Ubuntu, Trisquel supports 32 bit as well as 64 bit computers and I encourage fellow Lenovo ThinkPad owners to try it happily. You can practice this guide either normally, in dualboot mode, bios legacy and uefi, or into external storage device. Last but not least, you can also do this inside a virtual machine like AQEMU. Now let’s go!
 (Trisquel 9 computer on its installation process)
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  • Set Language
  • Set Keyboard
  • Set Network
  • Set Partitioning Mode
  • Create Partitions and Start Installing
  • Set Timezone
  • Set User Login
  • Wait
  • Finish



  1. Download Trisquel. Choose 32 bit edition if your computer is sold before 2011, or choose 64 bit instead if your computer either has 4GB RAM or comes with Windows 10.
  2. Create Trisquel bootable USB flash drive, a medium to install the OS into your computer, by writing the ISO file into it. For this purpose, you can use Unetbootin program on Windows and Mac, or GNOME Disk Utility which is preinstalled built-in on most GNU/Linux.
  3. Create 3 hard disk partitions by size and filesystem respectively, 500MB FAT32 and 1GB linux-swap and >=20GB EXT4 which will be EFI, SWAP, and ROOT partitions respectively. For this purpose you can use GParted Partition Editor program which is preinstalled built-in on Trisquel itself and almost all other GNU/Linux distros.
  4. If you plan a dualboot, backup your important data from Windows partitions to external storage correctly.
  5. If you plan USB flash drive instead of hard disk drive installation, I recommend you to use EXT2 instead of EXT4 filesystem.
  6. For complete beginners, ask person with computer knowledge near you to guide you while practicing this tutorial and doing mentioned backup.

 (Computing showing its hard disk with total capacity of 22GB with 3 partitions already prepared: first is EFI 500MB fat32, and second is SWAP 1000MB linux-swap, and third is ROOT 20GB ext4)


Plug your bootable USB in and boot your computer up into USB.

When your computer boots up, you should eventually see Trisquel 9.0 screen giving you options either to TRY or to INSTALL. Use arrow key up and down to select and press Enter to go. Select 'Try Trisquel without installing'. Continued below.

 (Trisquel initial boot screen before the installation)
Now you landed into its beautiful desktop, either you access GParted here, or you immediately go to the installation process if you are ready. If you already have the required partitions, find on desktop an item Install Trisquel, double click it and the installation starts.
(Advantage of choosing TRY instead of INSTALL is that you can run other programs before doing the actual installation, like browsing your files and partitioning)

Step 1

Select English and Continue.

Step 2

Select English (US) keyboard layout and Continue.

Step 3

Unselect Download updates option and Continue.

Step 4

Select Something Else option and Continue.

Step 5

  • 1) Create EFI System Partition
  • 2) Create SWAP partition
  • 3) Create ROOT partition 
  • 4) Set bootloader location
  • 5) Start the installation 


1) Creating EFI Partition:

Skip this step if your computer is BIOS Legacy not UEFI.

  • Select the smallest size partition you prepared.
  • Click Change.
  • Do not change Size:.
  • Set Use As: FAT32 file system.
  • Enable Format the partition if allowed.
  • Set Mount point: /boot/efi
  • OK

2) Creating SWAP partition:

  • Select the middle sized partition prepared.
  • Click Change.
  • Do not change Size.
  • Select use as: swap area.
  • Enable format file system if possible.
  • OK.

3) Creating ROOT partition:

  • Select the largest partition prepared.
  • Click Change.
  • Do not change Size.
  • Set Use as: EXT4 Journaling Filesystem.
    (For USB Flash Drive installation, select EXT2 Filesystem instead.)

  • Enable Format the partition option if possible.
  • Set Mount point: /
  • OK.

4) Set bootloader location:

  • Below the bootloader option, select /dev/sda hard disk drive if your ROOT partition is under /dev/sda too.
  • For USB Flash Drive installation, do not set bootloader location into hard disk drive but into the USB flash drive. So if your ROOT partition is under /dev/sdb flash disk drive, then set bootloader into /dev/sdb too. 

5) Start the installation:

  • Click Install Now
  • Check carefully everything appeared then on screen.
  • If everything in that summary is OK, no mistake found, then click Continue.

Step 7

Select your timezone by clicking one point on the map or typing your city name.

Step 8

Create user login for yourself and then co
ntinue. Here’s a convenient example:

  • Username: master
  • Password: master
  • Hostname: master
  • Login automatically: yes

Step 9

Wait for the whole process while enjoying Trisquel’s beautiful slideshow. This should not take more than about 20 minutes.


Once finished, Trisquel will say Installation Complete on screen and click Restart Now.

Final Result

Here’s Trisquel 9.0 computer ready to use.

 Enjoy software freedom!

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