|Main Screen + Main Menu|
As this is an Ubuntu derivative, there's really no point in testing the installation procedure. What I'm looking for is compatibility with my hardware as well as the overall quality of the live session. Hence, after the download finished, I made a live USB system with UnetBootin, rebooted, changed the boot order in the BIOS, and went on my way. Follow the jump to see the results of that.
|Unbranded Web Browser + OpenOffice,org|
The desktop looks pretty neat, with a swirl of colors on a dark canvas as the background. There's just one dark-colored GNOME panel present on the bottom, containing a main menu (a standard GNOME menu, nothing special), shortcuts to the file and web browsers, a window switcher, and a system tray. The panel and menu are slightly transparent, which is a nice touch. The window switcher is somewhat different in that if one window is open, its button is large, but if more than one window is open, the set of buttons become smaller and split into 2 rows à la KDE 3.5 Kicker. Given that the GNOME panel is slightly larger here, it's a good way to save space, yet the buttons don't appear incredibly tiny, which is nice. The default GTK+ theme is Elementary with the corners squared off, while the default icon theme is Elementary with a couple icons changed to match the Trisquel branding. Overall, the desktop looks very appealing.
|PackageKit + TAB-key Window Switcher|
OpenOffice.org is present as well, which is nice (though the default icon theme looks kind of ugly).
Although Trisquel does use the Elementary theme, it doesn't include the Nautilus Elementary mod, so Nautilus looks kind of cluttered. Oh well, that's not too big a deal.
Cheese Webcam Booth was present for me to test my webcam and mic; thankfully, both of these worked without issue.
Some other pieces of software present include Exaile (a GTK+ port of Amarok), an OGG converter (in support of the libre OGG format), and a couple GNOME Games, along with the typical GNOME accessories and utilities.
|"Expo" Desktop Effect|
After looking at applications, I tried out various desktop effects. I was pleasantly surprised to see that desktop effects were automatically enabled. I tried out the various effects and they all work very smoothly and without issue.
Well, that's all I have to say about Trisquel. I appreciate goals of the distribution and the time and effort put into all parts of the presentation of this distribution. That said, the Gnash issues and lack of Skype mean that I won't be using this on a regular basis anytime soon. This distribution is probably good for someone who has somewhat more limited needs (i.e. doesn't need Skype, doesn't watch YouTube so much, and in any case, MiniTube is available and works without Adobe Flash) or someone who truly cares about not using proprietary software.