A few hours ago we were surprised by the announcement of a new version of GeckoLinux Rolling Release. In this post, we will tell you the main features of this release.
As we all know GeckoLinux is a Linux distribution-based and fully compatible with OpenSuse. It has two versions, the first one is the Static version which is based on Leap and the second one is the Rolling version based on Tumbleweed.
Well, recently the creator of GeckoLinux has informed that he has released a new version of GeckoLinux ROLLING updating all the packages and incorporating new features.
So, GeckoLinux ROLLING spins are generated directly from unmodified openSUSE Tumbleweed and Packman repositories, and the installed system can be updated directly from those official sources. GeckoLinux continues to be focused on eliminating pain points and polishing its unique out-of-the-box configuration on top of the stable and flexible openSUSE base.
GeckoLinux uses the Calamares system installer, providing easy but powerful options for reliable installation of the live system.
What brings us this new version of GeckoLinux Rolling?
First, the default filesystem for the various Calamares guided installation options is now Btrfs with transparent Zstd data compression.
On the other hand, for the users of new Ryzen hardware, the `xf86-video-amdgpu` driver is included out-of-the-box. This will allow users to enjoy a more polished experience with the system.
Additionally, zRAM swap is enabled out of the box, and the EarlyOOM daemon is also enabled to help prevent unrecoverable system freezes in low memory situations
As far as software is concerned, the Linux kernel is 5.12.3, and all GeckoLinux editions feature Firefox 88. So, you should have no problem if your computer is modern.
Also, note a large number of desktop environments that have been updated:
- Gnome 40
- Cinnamon 4.8.6
- Plasma 5.21.5 / KF5 5.82 / KDE apps 21.04
- Budgie Desktop 10.5.3
- LXQt 0.17
- XFCE 4.16
- Mate 1.24
So you can choose your favorite desktop environment via the corresponding ISO.
To download this new version, you have to visit the project website. There you will find the corresponding links.