It was two years in which we didn’t know anything about the GeckoLinux project but we finally got some news. A new version of GeckoLinux is now available based on OpenSUSE 15.2 and we are very happy about this news.
We already know about all the potential of OpenSUSE, we know first hand that it is a modern and stable distribution. However, it has a slightly different way of doing some things and many people may not like it. To simplify even more the use of OpenSUSE and to make it even more out-of-the-box is that GeckoLinux is born.
GeckoLinux is a Linux spin based on the openSUSE distribution, with a focus on polish and out-of-the-box usability on the desktop. It is available in Static (based on openSUSE Leap) and Rolling (based on openSUSE Tumbleweed) editions.
The best thing about GeckoLinux is that you can be sure to use openSUSE only with a few tweaks that do not alter the essence of the distribution. Another advantage is that it adds different ISOs for each desktop environment, so the choice is always yours.
So let’s see what this new version of GeckoLinux brings.
The new version of GeckoLinux Features
The most important feature is that it is now based on OpenSUSE 15.2 with all the new features it has. On the other hand, it also continues in the line of enabling by default the Packman repository bringing a lot of additional software.
The installer has been updated, in particular, this new version of GeckoLinux uses Calamares 3.2.15 This change adds more reliability to the installation.
Also, Google Chrome and Skype repositories are enabled by default. However, the installation of both is optional and at the user’s discretion.
Spin-off images have been created with other OpenSUSE 15.2 family desktop environments:
- Cinnamon 4.4.8
- Matte 1.24.0
- Plasma 5.18.5 / KDE applications 20.04
- XFCE 4.14
- Gnome 3.34.4
- LXQt 0.14.1
If you are a more advanced user than the rest, you can try the “Barebones” version that does not incorporate a desktop environment. This is ideal if you want the maximum possible customization. In this version, the Live session has made the change from OpenBox to IceWM.
So, you can download GeckoLinux from this link.
I think the greatest thing about open source is the variety of ways you can collaborate on a project. This is the case of GeckoLinux which uses this to customize OpenSUSE 15.2 and bring more people into this Linux distribution.
This new version of GeckoLinux opens a new cycle more updated and powerful that uses OpenSUSE 15.2 and its news.
If you use OpenSUSE Tumbleweed, don’t worry that soon new images of GeckoLinux will be released using this base.
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