GeckoLinux Plasma: for old openSUSE lovers

GeckoLinux desktop

Many of you will be missing versions Recent openSUSE Live, and that is what the project was born for GeckoLinux, to satisfy these users. It is a reduced version of openSUSE with only one desktop environment at a time. You can download an ISO with Plasma, another with GNOME, with Xfce, Cinnamon, MATE, Budgie, LXQT, etc. But there is no ISO with all desktops at the same time ...

However, there are only 64-bit versions, with sizes of about 1GB to burn to DVDs or USBs. Also, GeckoLinux can be found in static or Rolling Release versions. And all versions are based on openSUSE 42.2 stable, at the moment. You should also know that it exists Gecko Linux Plasma NEXT, with some unstable repositories.

Our first impressions when testing this distro they are good, except for some details that I think should be polished on a personal basis. In addition, it does not need too many resources, GeckoLinux is satisfied with about 480MB of main memory, although it is more than others such as Kubuntu 16.10, Debian 8 KDE, etc. As for the hardware recognition, there were no problems, it detected all the devices properly during the installation and installed the appropriate drivers.

On the other hand, the rest of the features are similar to openSUSE, so there is not much else to differentiate in this regard. Of course integrates various applications already pre-installed like Firefox, KTorrent, Pidgin, Thunderbird, LibreOffice, Okular, VLC, Clementine, Konsole, KCalc, Kate, GParted, YaST, K3B, Chromium, etc. Adobe Flash is absent, therefore the content that depends on it on the network will not work if you do not install it ...

In short, an alternative if you like openSUSE and want to try something other than this project. If you are interested, you can access the official site of the project to download at Github. There you will also find news, forum and documentation about this distro.


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  1.   sb56637 said

    Hello, Greetings from the creator of GeckoLinux. Thank you very much for the coverage! I'm glad it worked out well for you. I just want to clarify one thing:

    > »All versions are based on openSUSE 42.2 stable, at the moment. »
    Rather, all "Static" versions are based on openSUSE Leap 42.2 at the moment. Instead, the "Rolling" editions are based on openSUSE Tumbleweed.

    TambiГ © n:
    > "GeckoLinux is satisfied with about 480MB of main memory, although it is more than others like Kubuntu 16.10, Debian 8 KDE, etc."
    In reality, memory consumption varies greatly depending on the chosen desktop environment; some are lighter than others. But in any case the memory consumption will be much less after the installation, since the live session runs in RAM, therefore it uses more RAM memory.

    Thanks again and regards.

    1.    albertius said

      Opensuse is a good distribution and gecko linux is a more friendly way to bring opensuse to new users, the only big drawback that I suppose they will never fix is ​​the full language support. In my case, Spanish-MX.
      If by 2024 this is already corrected, then I will install gecko linux KDE or XFCE ...
      For now I am staying on MX-linux.