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How To Install Trisquel 11 with Dualboot, UEFI and External Drive Methods

This tutorial will help you install Trisquel GNU/Linux 11 operating system to your computer. Version 11 is the latest release marking nineteenth years of Trisquel and it is based on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. In this tutorial, you start by preparing the disk storage, bootable medium, and go through ten steps of the setup. Finally, you can practice this into PCs as well as laptops with a note that generally Trisquel will recognize hardware better with PCs. Happy installing!


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Preparations Before Installation

Download Trisquel.
Choose 32 bit edition for computers sold before 2011, or choose
64 bit instead if your computer either has 4GB RAM or comes with Windows
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.
Create a free disk space >=20GB in your hard disk drive (if you want to install into hard disk) or flash disk drive (if you want to install into flash drive). 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.
If you plan a dualboot, make backup of your important data from Windows partitions to external storage correctly.If you plan USB flash drive instead of hard disk drive installation, we recommend you to use EXT2 instead of EXT4 filesystem.
complete beginners, ask person with computer knowledge near you to
guide you while practicing this tutorial and doing the backup. Continue to the step Booting.



1. Make sure the computer is turned off.

2. Plug the bootable medium in. 

3. Quickly, turn it on and enter its BIOS.

4. Change the setup in BIOS so USB will be booted first.

5. Save setup and reboot. 

6. Computer will boot and show Trisquel 11 splash screen.

7. Continue to next step Try Trisquel without Installing.

Try Trisquel without Installing

1. Select Try Trisquel without installing.

2. Computer will run Trisquel 11 desktop. 

3. You are ready to start the Trisquel installation.


Begin Setup

1. Trisquel desktop will show on screen. 

2. Double-click “Install Trisquel” located at the desktop. 

3. You are ready to start Trisquel installation. 

4. Continue to step 1. 

Step 1. Language

Select language English.

Step 2. Keyboard Layout

Select keyboard layout English (US). 

Step 3. Networking

If your LAN or WLAN is detected, you will see names of network and select “I don’t want to connect” option instead. Otherwise this step will automatically be skipped.

Step 4. Updates and other software

Select nothing of Updates. Don’t worry as you can still update later. Click Continue.


Once clicked, an Unmount permission will show to unmount your hard disk drive or another storage then click “Yes”.

Step 5. Choose Automatic or Manual Installation

Select Something Else. This will bring you the manual disk partitioner.

Step 6. Disk Partitioning

Making EFI PartitionMaking SWAP PartitionMaking Root PartitionPlacing Bootloader CorrectlyStart Actual Installation


6. A. Making EFI Partition

Select free space 20GB. Click plus button (+) and setup dialog will show.Choose size 300MB (three hundred megabytes).Choose type Primary. Choose location Beginning.Choose use as EFI System Partition. Click OK.  

 6. B. Making SWAP Partition

Select remaining free space. Click plus button (+) and setup dialog will show.Choose size 2000MB (two thousand megabytes).Choose use as SWAP PARTITION. 
Click OK.   Continue to step 6. C.


6. C. Making ROOT Partition

Select remaining free space. Click plus button (+) and setup dialog will show.Let size unchanged (it should be around twenty thousand megabyte).Choose type Primary. Choose location Beginning.Choose use as EXT4 Journaling Partition (for hard disk) or alternatively EXT2 Partition (for flash disk drive). Choose mount point slash ( / ).Click OK. Continue to step 6. D.

6. D. Placing Bootloader Correctly

General rule is boot loader follows where the EFI SYSTEM PARTITION located meaning you should select boot loader location to be EFI. 

If you install Trisquel into hard disk, then select /dev/sda2 assuming /dev/sda2 is EFI. As such,
If you install Trisquel into USB flash disk drive instead, then select /dev/sdb2 assuming /dev/sdb2 is EFI in that flash drive.Continue to step 6. E. 


6. E. Start Actual Installation 

Please examine carefully everything you have chosen above to make sure everything is correct.Click Install Now. Actual installation (e.g. actuall disk partitioning, copying the software packages …) will start. Step 6 finished.
Continue to step 7.


Step 7. Timezone Selection

Select your country or specifically your region. This will automatically adjust your time zone, currency and measurement formats such as inch and kilogram. Continue to step 8.

Step 8. Username Creation

Create your own username and password and please name your computer here. Choose Login automatically to make your computer does not show login screen every time you start it up (this is optional). Continue to step 9.


Step 9. Waiting for The Installation Process

This is the actual installation process you should wait for. In our benchmark, we finish this in less than 30 minutes (on a hard disk drive). Continue to step 9.


Step 10. Finish

Once finished, a message will say “Installation Complete … has finished.” Select Restart Now to reboot your computer and enjoy the new operating system Trisquel 11.

Final Result

Your computer is now running Trisquel 11. Congratulations and happy working!

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