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Last Update: 2018-03-24 02:02 UTC

GeckoLinux is a Linux spin based on the openSUSE distribution, with a focus on polish and out-of-the-box usability on the desktop. The distribution features many desktop editions which can be installed from live discs. Some patent encumbered open source software is included in GeckoLinux which is not available in the default installation of openSUSE. Special attention has been given to the quality of the font rendering. GeckoLinux provides two main editions, Static (which is based on openSUSE Leap) and Rolling (based on openSUSE Tumbleweed).

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Average visitor rating: 8.81/10 from 21 review(s).

GeckoLinux Summary
Distribution GeckoLinux
Home Page http://geckolinux.github.io/
Mailing Lists  
User Forums https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/geckolinux
Alternative User Forums
Documentation https://github.com/geckolinux/geckolinux-project/wiki
Screenshots http://geckolinux.github.io/DistroWatch Gallery
Download Mirrors http://geckolinux.github.io/#download
Bug Tracker https://github.com/geckolinux/geckolinux-project/issues
Related Websites
Reviews 421.x: DistroWatch
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2018-01-07: Distribution Release: GeckoLinux 423
 • 2017-10-29: Development Release: GeckoLinux 423 Beta
 • 2016-12-16: Distribution Release: GeckoLinux 422
 • 2016-11-04: Distribution Release: GeckoLinux 999.161031.0 "Rolling"
 • More Gecko releases...

 •2016-06-16 GeckoLinux launches Rolling
 • More Gecko headlines...

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Feature 423 422
Release Date 2018-01-05 2016-12-13
End Of Life    
Price (US$) Free Free
Image Size (MB) 700-1100 900-1100
Free Download ISO ISO
Installation Graphical Graphical
Default Desktop Cinnamon, GNOME, KDE Plasma, LXQt, MATE, Openbox, Xfce Cinnamon, GNOME, KDE Plasma, MATE
Package Management RPM (zypper) RPM (zypper)
Release Model Fixed Fixed
Office Suite LibreOffice LibreOffice
Processor Architecture x86_64 x86_64
Init Software systemd systemd
Journaled File Systems Btrfs, ext3, ext4 Btrfs, ext3, ext4
Asian Language Support    
Full Package List 423 422
Package 423 422
abiword (3.0.2) -- --
alsa-lib (1.1.6) 1.1.4 1.1.2
ati-driver (16.40) -- --
bash (4.4.18) 4.3 4.2
bind (9.12.1) -- --
chromium (66.0.3359.117) -- --
cups (2.2.7) 1.7.5 1.7.5
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.3.3 4.3.3
e2fsprogs (1.44.1) 1.42.11 1.42.11
firefox (59.0.2) 52.5.3 50.0.2
freetype (2.9) 2.6.3 2.6.3
gcc (7.3.0) -- --
gimp (2.8.22) -- --
glibc (2.27) 2.22 2.22
gnome-shell (3.28.1) 3.20.4 3.20.4
gnucash (3.0) -- --
gnumeric (1.12.39) -- --
grub (2.02) 2.02 2.02beta2
gtk+ (3.22.30) 3.20.10 3.20.9
httpd (2.4.33) -- --
inkscape (0.92.3) -- --
k3b (18.04.0) -- --
kmod (25) 17 17
krita (4.0.1)    
libreoffice (6.0.3) 5.3.5 5.2.3
linux (4.16.4) 4.4.104 4.4.36
Package 423 422
lxpanel (0.9.3) -- --
mariadb (10.2.14) -- --
mate-desktop (1.20.1) 1.18.0 1.16.1
mesa (18.0.1) 17.0.5 11.2.2
mysql (8.0.11) -- --
nautilus (3.28.1) 3.20.3 3.20.3
NVIDIA (390.48) -- --
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 3.6.1
openjdk (9.0.4) -- --
openssh (7.7p1) 7.2p2 7.2p2
openssl (1.1.0h) 1.0.2j 1.0.2j
perl (5.26.2) 5.18.2 5.18.2
php (7.2.5) -- --
plasma-desktop (5.12.4) 5.8.3
postfix (3.3.0) -- --
postgresql (10.3) -- --
Python (3.6.5) 2.7.13 2.7.12
qt (5.10.1) 5.6.2 5.6.1
samba (4.8.0) 4.6.9 4.4.2
systemd (238) 228 228
thunderbird (52.7.0) 52.5.2 45.5.1
vim (8.0) 7.4 7.4
vlc (3.0.2) 2.2.6 2.2.4
xfdesktop (4.12.4) 4.12.4 --
xorg-server (1.19.6) 1.18.3 1.18.3

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Version: 423
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-04-14
Votes: 6

This is the first exciting distro I've had on a machine in a long time.

It's OpenSuse, but tweaked throughout to optimize the experience and to allow the user to
just use it from one end to the other with only a few cosmetic things to change depending on tastes.

I always had troubles in Suse with fonts and networking and printers, etc. No more; it's all there.

Robust. Very nice looking. FFaaaaaasssstt! ;)

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Version: 423
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-03-29
Votes: 11

I'd strongly recommend Gecko Linux to anyone who wants an out-of-the-box Linux experience, the callameres installer is very easy to use and ideal for someone who would like to duel boot with Winblows 10, by default everything is handled for you and when you boot up after install you will be greeted by grub and then you can choose to boot Gecko or Win.

The static version of Gecko is something I have never tested until now, its actually pretty damn good, it is very stable and so far very reliable.

I am a fan of OpenSUSE but on older hardware - namely my 2gb RAM slabtop, OpenSUSE likes to hog resources, so Gecko is a better option as it seems to require a lot less RAM.

I hope the dev reads these reviews, please fix/update your rolling release ISO's, due to how old they are updating from a fresh install will break the OS. I'd much rather use a rolling release distro.

Anyway, try Gecko Linux, its very good and very easy to use thanks to YaST2 and its convenience of having everything in one place.

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Version: 423
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-01-29
Votes: 5

Gecko is the fastest XFCE I've ever used. It's as fast as any LXDE I've ever used, for that matter. Everything is just perfect and flawless. Installing/removing software couldn't be easier with Yast2, which isn't full of bugs like Debian/Ubuntu's Synaptic. The whole system is just smooth as can be. My days of distro-hopping are over.

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