GeckoLinux ROLLING Switches to Btrfs as Default Filesystem

The latest GeckoLinux ROLLING brings Kernrel 5.12.3 and the new fully redesigned desktop environment Gnome 40.

GeckoLinux is a Linux spin based on the openSUSE distribution. It comes in two flavors. The Static editions for GeckoLinux are based on openSUSE Leap while the rolling edition is based on the stable openSUSE Tumbleweed release. But unlike OpenSUSE, Gekolinux provides installation media with seven separate graphical desktops for both release models.

The latest GeckoLinux ROLLING 999.210517 update are built with unmodified openSUSE Tumbleweed and Packman packages from those projects’ own repositories. This release offers several improvements for GeckoLinux rolling users.

The default filesystem for the various Calamares guided installation options is now Btrfs with transparent Zstd data compression. Of course, all other modern Linux filesystems are also still supported via the custom partitioning option.


Additionally, zRAM swap is enabled out of the box. For users of new Ryzen hardware the xf86-video-amdgpu driver is included out-of-the-box.

This set of GeckoLinux ROLLING spins also includes a plethora of new software directly from the openSUSE Tumbleweed repositories. The Linux kernel is currently at version 5.12.3, and all GeckoLinux editions feature Firefox 88. Current desktop environment versions include the following:

  • Gnome 40
  • Cinnamon 4.8.6
  • Plasma 5.21.5 / KF5 5.82 / KDE apps 21.04
  • Budgie Desktop 10.5.3
  • LXQt 0.17
  • XFCE 4.16
  • Mate 1.24
  • Pantheon (different component versions)

For detailed information you can refer to the project’s website.

Bobby Borisov

Bobby Borisov

Bobby, an editor-in-chief at Linuxiac, is a Linux professional with over 20 years of experience. With a strong focus on Linux and open-source software, he has worked as a Senior Linux System Administrator, Software Developer, and DevOps Engineer for small and large multinational companies.

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