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.
– An installable live DVD / USB image based on openSUSE around 1GB in size
– Individual editions for many 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
– Uses the excellent infrastructure already in place for openSUSE, with no repackaging or modification of packages
– An installed system can be smoothly upgraded to future openSUSE releases while retaining its unique GeckoLinux configuration.
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.