Maybe I’ve reported about my previous experiences – mostly failures – with openSUSE and its friendlier spin-off GeckoLinux, which always ended in personal catastrophes. But now GeckoLinux devs have released a new version, which …
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.
And since I’ve heard some positive reports about the lizard’s friendly offspring I decided to give it a quick lookover. And what can I tell you apart from Gecko is fukn great! At least until now, so after kinda 5 minutes of total usage time. 😉
GeckoLinux ticks all the most important boxes a Linux distro has to fulfill to be acknowledged as a distro fit for Orca’s consideration:
- super easy installation (it comes with the genius Calamares installer)
- friendly, easy to navigate website
- ample desktop environments to choose from: Cinnamon, Xfce, Gnome, KDE Plasma, Mate,
Budgie, LXQt and a probably minimalistic “barebones” flavour gives you a lot of choice
- a Static (long term support) and a Rolling edition
And what shall I tell you, quite contrary to all my earlier attempts within the SuSE ecosystem, the installation went fast and without any problems. I chose my beloved Mate as DE and it appeared in all its usual humble glory with all its tweakable features and, most important, it’s very spunky and fast.
I was really surprised by how friendly and easy GeckoLinux was to install and operate. All my earlier attempts always ended with 😮 and 😦 and I’d given up on ever getting anything SuSE, openSUSE or Gecko to run on any of my computerz. But hey! the Gecko devs obviously have a heart for dumb-as-shit housewifes. Great! 🙂
Okay, I know I’m as always much too fast and should take more time and more thorough testing before giving you my verdict. So I won’t do it. Haha. But since SuSE is one of the oldest Linux distributions and is time-honoured proven as a stable workhorse in professional and hobby use, I guess we don’t have to discuss its value as a system. Gecko, as a spin off openSUSE is as trustworthy as its commercial mothership since they are both running on the same robust base code. Add to that the speediness on my weakling Intel i3 micro-machine and the comforts of the Mate desktop and we might have a winner at our hands!
Will I use GeckoLinux? No, probably not. I’m happy with, and know my way around in, the ArchLinux ecosystem, while I’d have to learn all the new commands for SuSE. So far I didn’t need to invoke the Terminal yet, but believe me, in case I’d need to I’d be like totally helpless. That’s why I stick with my Namib Gnu/Linux. But Gecko is a hot candidate for a possible replacement as my secondary/emergency system. So far it’s not only easier to install than Mint but also quite a bit faster in operation. Cool beans. =^.^=
* You noticed it too, right? Datz no gekko, dat be a chameleon. 🙂