Slowly catching up on my test reviewing, by keeping them brief. 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.

If you have an old PC or Laptop, one that doesn’t qualify for Windows 11, then this GeckoLinux Rolling Cinnamon makes a good choice as a Special *PURPOSE* Linuxes to install on it.

It does lean towards the Commercial Enterprise focus of most all Linux OSes (Puppy Linux ‘n EasyOS are the exceptions), wid the annoying “Authenticate” popups and/or ‘Pesky Passwords’ enforced by the infamous Linux ‘Nanny ‘n her constant demands. Don’t know who the Linux ‘Nanny is? Ask Roy Munson. 😉

However, it also gives the user an option to login as root at the Welcome Login Window:

  • Note: that pic is borrowed…and sound is missing in the root section.

That helps you avoid these types of annoying “Authenticate” popups:

Those never ending Linux popups require the user to leave the mouse ‘n move to the keyboard in order to type in a password. Very distracting to the workflow. Linux developers get hung up on the ‘terminal-centric‘ (keyboard) focus of Linux, and forget about the “normal people” who are also donating their time to the Linux OS. When you’re already at the terminal, typing in a password isn’t distracting, but those popups come when you’re using the mouse.

Overall, GeckoLinux has been easy to work wid, and I like it as a Special *PURPOSE* Linuxes OS to install onto old hardware. Will add this post to that page…

  • As mentioned in an earlier Post, I was running behind on reviews of my tests, and am now finally catching up. One more to go, and then a new series of tests.

LINUX IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES – you never know what you’re gonna get!