The creator of GeckoLinux (providing an improved openSUSE experience) remains anonymous.
And, I won’t comment if that’s a good or a bad thing, but now the developer is back with another similar Debian-based project.
Spiral Linuxa Debian-based distribution that aims to make Debian usable for end users.
SpiralLinux: a distribution built from Debian
It’s no surprise that most user-friendly Linux distributions have Debian as their home base. Ubuntu has managed to make a lot of improvements to make it a good desktop experience even for users with no prior Linux experience.
So how is it different?
Well, the creator says that this project aims to help you use Debian with all its core strengths without customizing a lot of things.
SpiralLinux is a close-to-vanilla experience if you want to use Debian on your desktop. You can also upgrade to the latest Debian stable release (or unstable/testing) as needed without losing user-friendly customizations.
In other words, SpiralLinux makes Debian suitable for desktop use with minimal end-user effort.
And, to achieve this, SpiralLinux uses official Debian package repositories providing a live installation method for you to setup a custom Debian system.
Additionally, you have the following features in SpiralLinux:
- VirtualBox support out of the box
- Pre-installed proprietary media codecs and non-free package repositories
- Proprietary firmware pre-installed
- Printer support
- Flatpak support via GUI (Software Center)
- zRAM swap enabled by default
- Multiple desktop environments (Cinnamon, XFCE, Gnome, Plasma, MATE, Budgie, LXQt)
Since Debian still sticks to open source and free packages, the end user needs to understand codecs, drivers, and other packages to make a lot of things work for a proper desktop experience.
And, it looks like SpiralLinux might be a useful alternative to Debian, just like GeckoLinux to openSUSE.
If you’ve always wanted to try Debian, but didn’t want to tinker too much with the initial setup, you can try SpiralLinux.
You can head to its official webpage hosted on GitHub to learn more about it.