SpiralLinux, a new distro from the creator of GeckoLinux

Recently, the creator of the Linux distribution, «GeckoLinux» has presented a new distribution called "SpiralLinux" which was created from the Debian GNU/Linux package base.

The distribution comes with 7 live compilations ready to use that come with Cinnamon, Xfce, GNOME, KDE Plasma, Mate, Budgie, and LXQt desktops that are optimized for a better user experience.

SpiralLinux is a selection of Linux spins built on top of Debian GNU/Linux, with a focus on simplicity and ease of use out of the box in all major desktop environments. SpiralLinux serves as an alternative live install method for a highly reliable custom Debian system using only official Debian package repositories

The creator of the GeckoLinux project mentions that Gecko will continue to stand, so the release of SpiralLinux should not alarm Gecko users and that the introduction of a new distro is an attempt to keep things as they are in the event that openSUSE ceases to exist or becomes a fundamentally different product, in line with upcoming plans for a major revision of SUSE and openSUSE.

In addition, it mentions that the reason why Debian was chosen as base, it's because it's a stable, flexibly adaptable, and well-maintained distribution. At the same time, it is noted that the Debian developers are not sufficiently focused on the convenience of the end user, which is why derivative distributions were created, the authors of which are trying to make the product more friendly to ordinary consumers.

Debian itself provides a base system that is capable of being very easy to use when configured correctly. This is where SpiralLinux comes into play. A great deal of effort has gone into polishing the default SpiralLinux configuration for all major desktop environments using the packages and mechanisms provided by Debian.

Unlike projects like Ubuntu and Linux Mint, SpiralLinux does not try to develop its own infrastructureBut try to stay as close to Debian as possible. SpiralLinux uses Debian core packages and uses the same repositories, but offers different default configurations for all the major desktop environments available in the Debian repositories.

Therefore, the user is offered an alternative option to install Debian, which is updated from the regular Debian repositories, but offers a set of settings that are more optimal for the user.

On the part of the characteristics of SpiralLinux, the following are mentioned:

  • Installable live DVD/USB images of approximately 2 GB customized for popular desktop environments.
  • Use of Debian Stable packages with pre-installed Debian Backports packages to support newer hardware.
  • Ability to upgrade to Debian Testing or Unstable branches with just a few clicks.
  • Optimal layout of Btrfs subsections with transparent Zstd compression and automatic Snapper snapshots loaded via GRUB to revert changes.
  • A graphical manager for Flatpak packages and preconfigured to apply to Flatpak packages.
  • Font rendering and color settings have been optimized for optimal readability.
  • Pre-installed out-of-the-box proprietary media codecs and "non-free" Debian package repositories.
  • Extended hardware support with a wide range of pre-installed firmware.
  • Extended support for printers with simplified printer management rights.
  • Enabling the TLP package to optimize power consumption.
  • Inclusion in VirtualBox.
  • It features swap compression using zRAM technology to improve performance on older hardware.
  • Give ordinary users the opportunity to work and manage the system without accessing the terminal.
  • Fully linked to the Debian infrastructure, thus avoiding dependency on individual developers.
  • Support for a seamless upgrade of an installed system to future Debian releases while maintaining the unique SpiralLinux configuration.

Finally if you are interested in knowing more about it about this new distribution, you can consult the details in the following link.


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  1.   Reneco said

    Thanks for the info, I'll try it.