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GeckoLinux Cinnamon

Published by sb56637
Based on openSUSE Leap 42.1 64-bit x86

Welcome to GeckoLinux

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.

GeckoLinux Static Features

  • An installable live DVD / USB image based on openSUSE Leap, around 1GB in size
  • Individual editions for different popular desktop environments with a pleasant default configuration
  • Carefully selected open source desktop programs and proprietary media codecs pre-installed and ready to use
  • Beautiful open source font rendering configured out of the box
  • Optimal power management with TLP pre-installed
  • Much more open source and patent encumbered software available in the pre-configured repositories

How Is This Different From openSUSE?

  • GeckoLinux comes as an offline installable live DVD / USB image for Static and Rolling editions, whereas openSUSE has a non-live DVD / USB installer, a net-installer image, or Tumbleweed live DVD / USB with net-installer options.
  • GeckoLinux offers customized editions optimized for different desktop environments, whereas openSUSE requires the user to know how to install patterns and packages for different desktop environments.
    GeckoLinux comes pre-installed with common niceties such as proprietary media codecs, whereas openSUSE for legal reasons requires users to know how to add additional repositories and which packages to add.
  • GeckoLinux prefers packages from the Packman repo when they are available, whereas some of openSUSE’s default packages don’t work with patent-restricted features even if the features are installed from other sources.
  • GeckoLinux comes pre-configured with what many would consider to be good font rendering, whereas many users find openSUSE’s default font configuration to be less than desirable.
  • GeckoLinux does not force the installation of additional recommended packages after system installation, whereas openSUSE pre-installs patterns and automatically installs recommended package dependencies, thus causing many additional and possibly unwanted packages to be installed the first time the package manager is used.
  • GeckoLinux’s desktop programs can be uninstalled with all their dependencies, whereas openSUSE’s patterns often cause uninstalled packages to be automatically re-installed.

Who Are You?

I’ve used Linux on the desktop since approximately 2001. I have used many versions of openSUSE since the project’s inception, and I used SuSE Linux before that. I’ve always appreciated openSUSE’s flexibility and highly innovative infrastructure, but the profusion of “paper cuts” in the default configuration always made me think twice before recommending it to others. This projects sets out to change that.

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Live CD / DVD (.iso)

Use this format if you want to burn your appliance on CD or DVD. This is the easiest way to prepare bootable media. Simply download the .iso file and burn it to disk via any existing OS.

Note: This image is configured for UEFI and may not boot on non-UEFI hardware.

Release notes

Changelog

  • 2017-03-03 Released 422.170302 with updated Calamares 3.1 and underlying libraries to fix possible issues with EFI and LUKS installations
  • 2017-02-16 Released 422.170215 to fix a problem with the Calamares installer launcher in some editions
  • 2017-02-05 Release announcement
  • 2017-01-25 Released 422.170124, now based on openSUSE Leap 42.2, with greatly improved Calamares 3.0, yast2-live-installer is also available again, routine updates and many other tweaks
  • 2016-12-30 Release announcement
  • 2016-12-14 Release announcement
  • 2016-06-27 Removed X11:Utilities repository, package versions updated
  • 2016-06-08 Release notes
  • 2016-05-27 Added 3G USB dongle support (ModemManager and usb_modeswitch)
  • 2016-05-11 Fixed Avahi/Zeroconf startup in live session
  • 2016-05-10 Routine core updates, added haveged to prevent login delays, added “language-installer.sh” script for non-English language support
  • 2016-01-22 Added missing dosfstools package
  • 2016-01-12 Updated VLC fixes bugs, added better printer config utility, added rar support, fixed mate-menu and now made default
  • 2015-12-18 Added missing XFS support
  • 2015-12-18 Initial release

Changelog

12 dependencies removed
71 dependencies updated
4 new dependencies
4 new software selections
2 software selections removed
Build configuration updated

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Technical Details

Appliance configuration

Basic settings

Keyboard: english-us
Time zone: America/Anchorage
Language: en_US.UTF-8
Network: network_manager
Firewall: disabled

Software

0 patterns, 1398 packages
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Security summary

Comments

Everyone's comments

fady halimfady halim,

why not a trinity based iso ?

sb56637sb56637,

It’s a possibility, but not a priority at the moment.

StattiStatti,

This is a very awesome SUSE based distro

NewtNewt,

Out of curiosity, how did you configure lightdm? I haven’t had luck with modifying it from the standard gtk-greeter.

sb56637sb56637,

All I did was use lightdm-gtk-greeter-settings (https://software.opensuse.org/package/lightdm-gtk-greeter-settings) and then add the modified /etc/lightdm/lightdm-gtk-greeter.conf as an overlay file.

NewtNewt,

Ok, thanks.

NewtNewt,

I like what you’re doing, but I am unable to get it to work in testdrive. Probably because it’s UEFI enabled, would you consider making either this or a clone of it that is not UEFI?

NewtNewt,

I take that back, it boots, just not like non-UEFI builds. Sorry. Great work by the way!

sb56637sb56637,

Yes, the TestDrive system seems to be a bit overloaded, there are times when it doesn’t boot anything, UEFI or not.

By the way, did you (or anybody else) actually try installing it on a UEFI system? I’m curious to know if that actually works, and I can’t test it myself.

NewtNewt,

Sorry, I don’t have a UEFI system. openSUSE is supposed to work well with it though, so I would think it would.

RedallRedall,

It’s pretty good but try to lightweight the system. Thanks.

sb56637sb56637,

For lightweight there is GeckoLinux XFCE (https://susestudio.com/a/OO38wm/geckolinux-xfce) and GeckoLinux BareBones (https://susestudio.com/a/OO38wm/geckolinux-barebones). Cheers.

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