All major linux distributions come today with easy-to-use graphical installation programs. The developers of geckolinux is not enough: based on opensuse, set a selection of installation images with which complete desktop systems can be installed very quickly and easily. Also on the packet selection screws the developers in favor of comfort.
Now version 152 is the "static"-variant of geckolinux appeared on the likewise quite fresh opensuse leap 15.2 based. We have them as part of a short "tried out" under the magnifying glass.
Two strange and two variants
Geckolinux is basically no separate distribution, but an opensuse structure with its own installation media. The developers do without creating their own package directories and creating their own packages. They put in a kind instead "package compilation" from the official opensuse and a few additional repositories from the package source packman with modified installer. How opensuse geckolinux is maintained in two strangen: in addition to the main "next"-branch, which uses the current leap distribution as a base, from the opensuse build system but up-to-date KDE packages.
The "rolling"-variant of geckolinux follows opensuse tumbleweed and preserved from there continuously current packages. The "static"-variant, however, fever on the current version of opensuse LEAP. Who geckolinux "rolling" uses, has little of the new static version, because tumbleweed is usually far ahead. The users of geckolinux static, however, get with her now all updates from opensse leap 15.2 in a slip.
Proud are the geckolinux developers on their font rendering configuration, which according to their information is much better than those of opensuse. In the short test, the writings quite.
In the ISO images, with which geckolinux lets the hard drive, the geckolinux developers, unlike opensuse put it with his yast, on the generic installer calamares. This is used directly from a running geckolinux system. Geckolinux images are always live systems, from which the system tests first, before the installation takes place. Geckolinux 152 brings updated images, which uses users a new kernel and thus implicit better support for current hardware.
Cinnamon, XFE, GNOME, plasma, mate, LXQT and the desktop environments are currently as desktop environments "barebones"-edition for experienced users to choose from.
At opensuse, the user elects when installing which desktop he wants. For experienced linux users no problem – for inexperienced users often a gross challenge. Geckolinux lost this by providing images with different desktops to try the users at first and install them immediately.
Other challenges also decreases geckolinux (not only) new entrants. For example, problems with missing media codecs: from legal reasons, opensuse does not bind them, although they are available on packman as a finished package. Geckolinux, however, automatically installs the packages from factory. Several programs also install it with a high priority of packman – such as those who need the media codecs. The less functional versions of the respective programs in opensse replicates gekkolinux so implicitly through the potent variants from the packman directories.
Conclusion: all-round carefree package for SUSE newcomers
In the test, the compilation completed: the selection process of the "right" desktops will be made easy. Following the installation, geckolinux scores above all compared to the classic opensuse environment, especially by the fact that you do not have to worry about missing codecs for audio and video. On top of that, geckolinux prevents the automatic installation of the "recommended" packages, so that the system remains much more compact than a pure opensuse.
Especially for suse-interested beginners worth a look at geckolinux so quite. Downloads and documentation are available on the github project page. Information about the available fresh ISO images and the versions of the respective desktop environment delivers the announce to geckolinux 152.