GNU/Linux Desktop for Translators

tuxtrans is a Desktop GNU/Linux System developed for translators on the basis of the widely used distribution Ubuntu, more specifically the version with the XFCE desktop called Xubuntu. As a Linux distribution listed on Distrowatch it is a full-fledged operating system and includes a broad collection of software applications which allow a translator to do his/her job most efficiently and in line with the latest standards.

tuxtrans is based on free software and open source and in particular on Xubuntu LTS. For an introduction into free software and GNU/Linux and why you should use GNU/Linux have a look at the these videos:

Stephen Fry on GNU/Linux
What's the Fuss about Linux (Michael Dell on GNU/Linux)
Free software, free society: Richard Stallman at TEDxGeneva 2014
What is Linux? An Introduction

tuxtrans features the XFCE desktop which makes it easy to migrate from other operating systems. You can install easily other desktops, such as Gnome, MATE or KDE, or other window managers from the Ubuntu software repositories. tuxtrans uses as its basis Xubuntu LTS, the long term support version which guarantees 5 years support and updates as well as a stable two year release cycle.

tuxtrans comes with a lot of applications suited to the everyday tasks of the translator or everybody dealing with multilingual texts. The software ranges from an office suit and DTP software to highly specialized translation memory systems: see the complete list of applications and software packages installed

tuxtrans comes as a multilingual system (EN, DE, ES) with English (en-us) as the default locale. We tried to reduce the volume of the iso file and now include only four locales, although for the underlying Ubuntu system there are many other locales available provided you are connected to the internet. To change the system and user interface language to one of the other two preinstalled languages (DE, ES) or to any other locale please consult the languages page.

tuxtrans is a live DVD or USB system: This means that - once you have downloaded and burned it onto a blank DVD disk or copied it to your USB stick (see get it - you may insert it into your DVD/USB drive, switch on your pc and start experimenting or even working without affecting your local hard disk and data: the tuxtrans live DVD/USB does not change anything on your harddisk. Bear in mind, though, that working from the DVD/USB drive is considerably slower than a full local install.

Hardware requirements

A relatively modern PC with Intel/AMD architecture is enough to run it: 64bit processor or compatible, 1 GB RAM and a 20 GB harddisk. These specifications are required mainly by the desktop and LibreOffice. You will also need a bootable DVD or USB drive to start the system.


You may ask questions, make remarks or propose changes in the tuxtrans Forum at googlegroups; just send a mail to tuxtrans_(at)_googlegroups.com.

For the underlying operating system, please consult the Xubuntu home page, the Ubuntu discussion forums at Ubuntuforums.org in English or the worldwide network of local communities at www.ubuntu.com/support/local where you can find very good advice on handling Ubuntu. Also, in most cases a general search on Google will find satisfactory answers to your problems.

For specific questions regarding tuxtrans you may contact me directly (mail [at] petersandrini (dot) net) with "tuxtrans:" at the beginning of the subject line.

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