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GeckoLinux Gnome

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


  • 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 “” 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


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


Technical Details

Appliance configuration

Basic settings

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


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Everyone's comments


In your description, you mention that your work includes “beautiful font rendering.” What do you mean by that? Is it any different from standard openSUSE? I’m asking because I don’t want to be missing anything in my work :) I like the new Mate release by the way.


Nice work! A couple things;
First, would you mind if I clone this? I have a gnome appliance and would like to see what I can learn from your work.
Second, I would suggest using LightDM to have consistency across all of your builds. GDM is nice, but I really like your LightDM setup and I think you should use it here too.


Hi Newt,

Of course, feel free to clone it, and please let me know if you have any suggestions for my spin.

About LightDM vs. GDM, I believe that some Gnome features such as screen locking depend on GDM. I might be wrong, maybe somebody could correct me?




I’ve been working with LightDM and Gnome, and it seems fine. Just make sure to include Light-locker, otherwise there will be some fallback screen-locking service. You can use Gnome without GDM, but GDM requires Gnome to be installed.


Cool, thanks for the tip Newt!


Just checked again, and found that with using LightDM, there is no option to lock the screen from the desktop. However, the screen can still lock after X seconds of inactivity, and will show the LightDM lock screen.

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