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Last Update: 2024-02-02 02:44 UTC

SpiralLinux is a selection of desktop spins built from Debian GNU/Linux, with a focus on simplicity and out-of-the-box usability across all the major desktop environments. SpiralLinux serves as an alternative live installation method for a highly reliable customized Debian system using only official Debian package repositories. Unlike Debian's official install media, SpiralLinux includes non-free firmware. It also provides popular media codecs out of the box.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 52 (189), 6 months: 74 (148), 3 months: 81 (130), 4 weeks: 79 (127), 1 week: 76 (121)

Average visitor rating: 9/10 from 45 review(s).

SpiralLinux Summary
Distribution SpiralLinux
Home Page https://spirallinux.github.io/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums https://github.com/SpiralLinux/SpiralLinux-project/discussions
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Documentation https://github.com/SpiralLinux/SpiralLinux-project/wiki
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Bug Tracker https://github.com/SpiralLinux/SpiralLinux-project/issues
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Reviews 11.x: DistroWatchZDNET
Where To Donate, Buy, or Try

Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 2023-10-02: Distribution Release: SpiralLinux 12.231001
 • 2022-09-27: Distribution Release: SpiralLinux 11.220925
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Feature 12.231120 11.220925
Release Date 2023-11-20 2022-09-27
End Of Life    
Price (US$) Free Free
Image Size (MB) 1800-2400 1800-2100
Free Download ISO ISO
Installation Graphical Graphical
Default Desktop Budgie, Cinnamon, GNOME, KDE Plasma, LXQt, MATE, Xfce Budgie, Cinnamon, GNOME, KDE Plasma, LXQt, MATE, Xfce
Package Management DEB (APT), Flatpak DEB (APT), Flatpak
Release Model Fixed Fixed
Office Suite LibreOffice LibreOffice
Processor Architecture x86_64 x86_64
Init Software systemd systemd
Journaled File Systems Btrfs, ext4 Btrfs, ext4
Multilingual -- --
Asian Language Support -- --
Full Package List 12.231120 11.220925
Package 12.231120 11.220925
abiword (3.0.5) -- --
alsa-lib (1.2.12) 1.2.8 1.2.4
amdgpu (23.0.0) 23.0.0 19.1.0
bash (5.2.21) 5.2 5.1
bind (9.18.27) -- --
chromium (126.0.6478.114) -- --
cups (2.4.10) 2.4.2 2.3.3
dhcp (4.4.3-P1) 4.4.3 4.4.1
e2fsprogs (1.47.1) 1.47.0 1.46.2
firefox (127.0.1) 115.4.0 102.3.0
freetype (2.13.2) 2.12.1 2.10.4
gcc (14.1.0) 12.2.0 10.2.1
gimp (2.10.38) -- --
glibc (2.39) 2.36 2.31
gnome-shell (46.2) 43.6 3.38.6
gnucash (5.6) -- --
gnumeric (1.12.57) -- --
grub (2.12) 2.06 2.06
gtk (4.14.4) 4.8.3 3.24.24
httpd (2.4.59) -- --
inkscape (1.3.2) -- --
k3b (24.05.1) -- --
kmod (32) 30 28
krita (5.2.2) -- --
LibreOffice (24.2.4) 7.4.7 7.0.4
linux (6.9.5) 6.1.55 5.10.140
Package 12.231120 11.220925
lxpanel (0.10.1) -- --
mariadb (11.4.2) -- --
mate-desktop (1.28.2) 1.26.0 1.24.1
mesa (24.1.2) 22.3.6 20.3.5
mysql (8.4.0) -- --
nautilus (46.2) 43.2 3.38.2
NVIDIA (550.90.07) -- --
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 3.6.1
openjdk (22) -- --
openssh (9.7p1) 9.2p1 8.4p1
openssl (3.3.1) 3.0.11d 1.1.1n
perl (5.40.0) 5.36.0 5.32.1
php (8.3.8) -- --
plasma-desktop (6.1.0) 5.27.5 5.20.5
postfix (3.9.0) -- --
postgresql (16.3) -- --
Python (3.12.4) 3.11.2 3.9.2
qt (6.7.2) 6.4.2 5.15.2
samba (4.20.2) 4.17.12 4.13.13
systemd (256.1) 252.17 247.3
thunderbird (127.0) 115.4.1 91.13.0
vim (9.1) 9.0 8.2
vlc (3.0.21) 3.0.20
wayland (1.23.0) -- --
xfdesktop (4.18.1) 4.18.1 4.16.0
xorg-server (21.1.13) 21.1.7 1.20.11

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Version: 12.231120
Rating: 10
Date: 2024-05-20
Votes: 40

The Absolute Best Out of box Debian experience one can get!

The developer of Geckolinux have done it again and this time, the developer have done it to debian.

The dev have set sane defaults for the base Debian, amplifying the out of box experience and it works like a dream with the rock solid stability of Debian Bookworm paired with OpenSUSE like BTRFS layout and implementation. Plus Spiral Linux have enabled BTRFS compression and Snapper application OOTB and they rules out some major pain points of post-install configuration in Debian based distros.

SpiralLinux have also opted for the "grub-btrfs" fork instead of regular grub, so that we can easily list the available BTRFS snapshots right from boot menu for easier rollback plus SpiralLinux also have zRAM swap preconfigured.

More than everything, SpiralLinux never tries to "one-up" Debian and rather than being yet another Debian derivative, it becomes just an optimized version of core Debian and it's one of the major selling points of SpiralLinux. Following this ideodology, SpiralLinux doesn't host separate repositories for it- Instead, it re-uses Debian's core repos.

There's still other tons of optimizations and absolutely logical decisions made by the dev like TLP, Wide array of DE selections, Flatpak preconfigred etc and this is by far the absolutely underrated Linux distros I've ever encountered!

Kudos to the dev and if the person reading this review is a Debian fan or someone who's wanting to dip their toes into the Debian world, then this is the perfect distro for you to try and it's enjoyable for Beginners and veterans alike.

I honestly wish this distro gets more traction and other Distro maintainers and developers take inspiration from SpiralLinux Developer and their choices!

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Version: 12.231120
Rating: 10
Date: 2024-05-20
Votes: 40

This is the distro for those older PCs out there that nothing seems to work with very well. It is the closest I've ever seen to a version of Debian intended to compete in the desktop Linux market with its own descendants like Ubuntu and Mint. The software is all Debian rather than a true new distro requiring new repos with modified packages. However the Debian people don't maintain a version of their distro that takes full advantage of all of their own repos to produce a desktop Linux viable for new Linux users not wishing to get deep into system configuration. Sticking to all Debian repos means there's no risk of our needing to install something else if the person behind SpiralLinux decides to never update it, so long as Debian is still around. That is a major advantage over other distros in my view.

Distros often have few problems installing on Windows PCs from the last few years. The real test is the old devices and Macbooks. SpiralLinux XFCE is the only distro that could install smoothly on my 2015 Macbook Air and Thinkpad Education model with an ancient AMD E1-2500. None of the mainstream distros had the wifi drivers for either of these laptops. People often spend many hours, days or weeks trying to figure out how to get certain wifi chips working on laptops. Save yourself the time and use this instead.

XFCE is a little too much for the E1-2500 to handle, but installing and switching over to the LXDE desktop was extremely simple on SpiralLinux XFCE and now the ancient low-end Thinkpad runs just fine. The only caveat for those with Macbooks is that you still need to do a little customization to get the internal fan running, which is a common problem across all Linux distros.

I highly recommend this distro and am kind of surprised there is so little coverage of it among the Linux podcasters and other reviewers out there.

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Version: 12.231120
Rating: 10
Date: 2024-04-29
Votes: 54

I tried the KDE and the Gnome version. The Gnome version replaced the previous Fedora daily driver.
It's basically a Debian 12 set up to be usable from day 1. It has btrfs support with automatic snapshots on every install or update. For each snapshot there is an entry in the grub menu, so if something goes wrong you can boot to a previous saved system state.
The system is clean from the 180 languages that Debian normally install and it provides a graphical utility to install you language easilly.
From day 2 you forget the "spiral" and deal with a pure Debian distribution. You just save yourself days of hard optimization work.
I wish I had known about this distribution earlier.
Zero troubleshooting
Zero tweak
Zero problems
Zero cons
Everything works out of the box.
I recommend this distro to everybody.

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