Ubuntu Trinity Repository Installation Instructions

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On this page you can read the instructions to install or upgrade the Trinity Desktop Environment on your Ubuntu system.
Live CD images for Ubuntu with Trinity preinstalled are also available here.


Available versions and architectures

R14.0.x series

Official TDE packages are available for the following versions of Debian.


  • 18.04 - Bionic : amd64, i386, ppc64el
  • 17.10 - Artful : amd64, i386, ppc64el
  • 17.04 - Zesty : amd64, i386, ppc64el
  • 16.10 - Yakkety : amd64, i386 (up to R14.0.4 only)
  • 16.04 - Xenial : amd64, i386, ppc64el
  • 15.10 - Wily : amd64, i386 (up to R14.0.3 only)
  • 15.04 - Vivid : amd64, i386 (up to R14.0.3 only)
  • 14.10 - Utopic : amd64, i386 (up to R14.0.3 only)
  • 14.04 - Trusty : amd64, i386
  • 13.10 - Saucy : amd64, i386 (up to R14.0.3 only)
  • 13.04 - Raring : amd64, i386 (up to R14.0.3 only)
  • 12.10 - Quantal : amd64, i386 (up to R14.0.3 only)
  • 12.04 - Precise : amd64, i386
  • 11.10 - Oneiric : amd64, i386 (up to R14.0.3 only)
  • 11.04 - Natty : amd64, i386 (up to R14.0.3 only)
  • 10.10 - Maverick : amd64, i386 (up to R14.0.3 only)
  • 10.04 - Lucid : amd64, i386


Additionally, unofficial but well-trusted rolling builds are available for a broader set of versions, including 18.10 Cosmic.

These are built and maintained by Slávek Banko.


v3.5.13.2

Official TDE packages are available for the following versions of Debian.

  • 13.04 - Raring : amd64, i386
  • 12.10 - Quantal : amd64, i386
  • 12.04 - Precise : amd64, i386
  • 11.10 - Oneiric : amd64, i386
  • 11.04 - Natty : amd64, i386
  • 10.10 - Maverick : amd64, i386
  • 10.04 - Lucid : amd64, i386


Setup Ubuntu Universe and Multiverse repositories

As root (e.g. using sudo), uncomment (remove the # marks from) the lines of your /etc/apt/sources.list file that include Universe and Multiverse
If your system does not contain entries for Universe and Multiverse, append "universe multiverse" to your main Ubuntu repository line
Alternatively, you may use graphical tools or other tutorials to enable the Universe and Multiverse repositories.


Setup Ubuntu Recommended Updates repository

As root (e.g. using sudo), uncomment (remove the # marks from) the lines of your /etc/apt/sources.list file that include -updates
If your system does not contain entries for -updates, copy your main Ubuntu repository line to the end of the /etc/apt/sources.list file and append -updates to the distribution name
Alternatively, you may use graphical tools or other tutorials to enable the Recommended Updates repository.


Configure the package manager

Add the following lines to your /etc/apt/sources.list file.

NOTE 1: make sure to replace <your-distribution> with your actual distribution name.

NOTE 2: deb-src lines following are optional.


TDE R14.0.5

deb http://mirror.ppa.trinitydesktop.org/trinity/trinity-r14.0.0/ubuntu               <your-distribution>  main
deb http://mirror.ppa.trinitydesktop.org/trinity/trinity-builddeps-r14.0.0/ubuntu     <your-distribution>  main
deb-src http://mirror.ppa.trinitydesktop.org/trinity/trinity-r14.0.0/ubuntu           <your-distribution>  main
deb-src http://mirror.ppa.trinitydesktop.org/trinity/trinity-builddeps-r14.0.0/ubuntu <your-distribution>  main


TDE v3.5.13.2

deb http://mirror.ppa.trinitydesktop.org/trinity/trinity-v3.5.13/ubuntu               <your-distribution>  main
deb http://mirror.ppa.trinitydesktop.org/trinity/trinity-builddeps-v3.5.13/ubuntu     <your-distribution>  main
deb-src http://mirror.ppa.trinitydesktop.org/trinity/trinity-v3.5.13/ubuntu           <your-distribution>  main
deb-src http://mirror.ppa.trinitydesktop.org/trinity/trinity-builddeps-v3.5.13/ubuntu <your-distribution>  main


Import GPG signing key

If required, install the dirmngr package, which is necessary for gnupg.

sudo apt-get install dirmngr

Then install the TDE official key.

sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.quickbuild.io --recv-keys F5CFC95C


Install Trinity

If you are doing a fresh TDE installation, please follow the steps listed below.
If you are upgrading from an existing R14.0.x or 3.5.13.x version, please follow the instruction under the upgrading section.


Fresh R14.0.x installation

The following steps are suggested for installing the latest R14.0.x version.

NOTE: tde-trinity package is a comprehensive meta-package. To install a minimalist environment, replace kubuntu-default-settings-trinity kubuntu-desktop-trinity with tdebase-trinity in the instructions below.

sudo apt-get update
sudo aptitude install kubuntu-default-settings-trinity kubuntu-desktop-trinity

Upgrading from an existing R14.0.x or v3.5.13.x installation

The following steps are suggested for upgrading to the latest R14.0.x version.

NOTE: Before upgrading from v3.5.13.x (or even KDE3), please make sure to go through this page for useful tips suggested by other TDE users.

sudo apt-get update
sudo aptitude full-upgrade

This will upgrade TDE to the newer version and should complete smoothly.

If you are upgrading from an existing R14.0.x installation, you are done.

If you are upgrading from v3.5.13.x, after these two steps some dummy packages may still be installed on your system and could be safely removed. To perform such operation, choose one of the following optional steps.


  • A. If you had previously installed some kde meta packages, (such as kde-core-trinity, kdeadmin-trinity, ...) use the command below, where <tde-equivalent-metapackage> is the equivalent package in R14.0.x (tde-core-trinity, tdeadmin-trinity, ...). Repeat for all meta packages there had been installed.
sudo aptitude install <tde-equivalent-metapackage>


  • B. Run aptitude in interactive mode, limit the display to '~i-trinity~ddummy" and manually check/delete/upgrade unneeded packages from the ones displayed.


Upgrading both Ubuntu and TDE from a previous version

NOTE: Using a live CD to upgrade both Ubuntu and your Trinity installation may break your installation.
Instead, please follow these instructions.

1) Make sure you have update manager installed.

sudo apt-get install update-manager

2) Run the update-manager through console. Open a terminal and run:

update-manager

3) Check for updates and install all updates before proceeding. You need to have the latest packages to proceed.

4) Run the distribution upgrade tool. Click the upgrade button. Read the release notes, then let it download the upgrade tool. Authenticate with your password and let the upgrade run.

5) If you are upgrading from KDE 3 or TDE 3.5.x series, on the verification screens make sure there are no kde* packages anymore (for example, kdebase-kde3, kdelibs-kde3, kdebase-trinity, kdelibs-trinity).

6) You can allow the upgrade tool to check for obsolete packages. It should not remove TDE related ones.