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DistroWatch.com: SharkLinux


Last Update: 2017-08-27 08:00 UTC

SharkLinux is an Ubuntu-based distribution featuring the MATE desktop. The distribution automatically upgrades packages on the system to apply security patches. The distribution also enables sudo access by default without requiring a password for user convenience. SharkLinux features the Ubuntu Hardware Enablement (HWE) kernel by default.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 188 (44), 6 months: 108 (89), 3 months: 75 (148), 4 weeks: 133 (56), 1 week: 138 (45)

Average visitor rating: 9.71/10 from 14 review(s).

SharkLinux Summary
Distribution SharkLinux
Home Page http://sharklinuxos.org/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums --
Alternative User Forums LinuxQuestions.org
Documentation http://sharklinuxos.org/documents
Screenshots --
Download Mirrors http://sharklinuxos.org/downloads
Bug Tracker http://support.sharklinuxos.org/
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Feature 4.10.0
Release Date 2017-08-17
End Of Life  
Price (US$) Free
Image Size (MB) 1400-1600
Free Download ISO
Installation GUI
Default Desktop MATE
Package Management DEB (APT)
Release Model Fixed
Office Suite LibreOffice
Processor Architecture x86_64
Init Software systemd
Journaled File Systems ext4
Multilingual --
Asian Language Support --
Full Package List 4.10.0
Package 4.10.0
abiword (3.0.2) --
alsa-lib ( 1.1.0
ati-driver (16.40) --
bash (4.4) 4.3
bind (9.11.2) --
chromium (61.0.3163.91) 58.0.3029.110
cups (2.2.4) 2.1.3
dhcp (4.3.6) 4.3.3
e2fsprogs (1.43.6) 1.42.13
firefox (55.0.3) 55.0.1
freetype (2.8.1) 2.6.1
gcc (7.2.0) 5.3.1
gimp (2.8.22) 2.8.20
glibc (2.26) 2.23
gnome-shell (3.26.0) --
gnucash (2.7.0) --
gnumeric (1.12.35) --
grub (2.02) 2.02beta2
gtk+ (3.22.21) 3.18.9
httpd (2.4.27) --
inkscape (0.92.2) --
k3b (17.08.1) --
kmod (24) 22
libgnome (2.32.1) --
libreoffice (5.4.1) 5.4.0rc3
linux (4.13.3) 4.10
Package 4.10.0
lxde-common (0.99.2) --
mariadb (10.2.8) --
mate-desktop (1.18.0) 1.16.1
mesa (17.2.1) 17.0.7
mysql (5.7.19) --
nautilus (3.26.0) 3.18.4
NVIDIA (384.69) --
openbox (3.6.1) --
openjdk (8u144) 8u131
openssh (7.5p1) 7.2p2
openssl (1.1.0f) 1.0.2g
perl (5.26.0) 5.22.1
php (7.1.9) --
plasma-desktop (5.10.5) --
postfix (3.2.2) --
postgresql (9.6.5) --
Python (3.6.2) 2.7.11
qt (5.9.1) 5.5.1
samba (4.7.0) --
systemd (234) 229
thunderbird (52.3.0) 52.2.1
vim (8.0) 7.4
vlc (2.2.6) 2.2.2
xfdesktop (4.12.4) --
xorg-server (1.19.3) 1.18.4

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Rating: 10
Date: 2017-09-05
Votes: 0

As for the distro Its pretty good as a niche os (specific use) The only thing I ran into was the system does a setup after the install - well it just seemed to hang forever. I submitted a ticket only to find out it was waiting for internet connection to be available. sure enough as soon as I connected to wifi the status bar started moving.

Just installed on a old pc I use as a tester. My main setup is multiboot but going to play with this distro it a bit more before deciding if its worthy of making the switch to my primary or if ill just use it a virtualbox as needed.

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Rating: 10
Date: 2017-08-21
Votes: 0

If I had to identify the weakest link I would say docs are somewhat lacking and possible that changes by the development team has caused some inaccuracies but nothing that anyone would get caught up on.
On the up side it keeps the base light so youd have most of your resources still available for the VM stuff.
I really sat back and took notice when I installed it on a legacy box that is severely RAM deprived. Other than running Puppy Linux and a few other lightweight distros, that aging box rarely can handle modern day Linux distros. SharkLinux runs absolutely fine on that machine. That tells me a lot.
Ill say overall its one of the better Ubuntu-based Ive tested in a while. I'm critical when the performance requires it but I found nothing of a distracting nature. It is a work in progress but is regularly updated and works fine in its present form. What more could a serious Linux user need to know, right!

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Version: 2017.07
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-08-17
Votes: 6

Ive watched this distro as a guilty pleasure since it was reviewed here. My impression was that it was a bit of a joke. Ugly desktop and really unorthodox way of doing things (sudo password, software repos only enabled at install times etc) The more ive seen though the more impressed I become. First thing I found is most of the “cons” people report dont really exist but the person expected it to be the same as other distros (going back to repos not enabled by default – apt upgrade isnt very effective without the repo) Then I read an article somewhere that raised my brows. Things I didnt know like it only being started this year and it wasnt planned to be public until 2018 – Rocky start for first impressions. apparently theres youtube videos reviewing a rough draft that was made like a week into planning.. Its made for the cloud so certain things wont be included (why virtual machine focused OS wont use VirtualBox. It wont work in cloud) but heres the kicker… Most distros have a team of devs that presumably have some half decent hardware. Shark? 1 guy... with zero formal qualifications using a samsung galaxy?? The distro was made on a freaking S5. If youre thinking its amateur I wouldnt agree, apparently the thing ran full Cinnamon desktop In LXD and got Civ5 to play in a cloud no graphics card. Down the road that could get built right in to the system as some sort of installer. The OS is quirky and definitely has unique ways compared to other Linux but it earns my 10 for what it achieves in its focus area and to show my respect for a guy whos eaten a lot of criticism but kept going anyways. Oh and the ugly factor gets slighly less with each update. Not bad for a guy with just a galaxy.

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