In a past I had some problems with Clear Linux under Virtual Box (VBox): 1) some cumbersome way to increase partition size; 2) it was slower than some other distros (particularly - Sparky Linux); 3) using bundles instead of packages was not intuitive. Then i have installed bare metal Clear Linux from Live Desktop beta image - and now I am giving 10. It missed some features, still I am giving 10.
The main reason - speed. Usually Gnome DE used to be slower than, say, LXDE or LXQt DEs. But now Clear with Gnome DE is faster than other distros with LXQt DE. Pretty amazing.
The second reason - UX for handling bundles. Now, using Software tool you can manage the particular package in the way, similar to other more traditional package managers, while working with bundles from command line is still available. Repository of tools is getting more comprehensive over time.
The third reason - nice looking and polished GNOME DE. You still need to setup some options, e.g. for Qt, but it is relatively easy and results after all are appealing.
The distros is definitely not for beginners, bur for intermediate to power users it can be the good choice due to its speed, its speed, and its speed.
This is a distro that is optimized for Intel-platforms, and performs superfast.
Support for many technical usecases, from deep-learning and crypto to docker and cloud-orchestration, and also multiple programming languages (java, go, python) is offered out of the box via bundles.
I have used it as daily driver on my desktop and had only one minor glitch with some xfce-functionalty, after an update. After notifying the team this was fixed with the next rolling release!
Directed towards experienced users with technical usecases or datacenter/virt-usecases.
Version: Rating: 9 Date: 2017-12-31 Votes: 24
Perfect distro for cloud/vps or local VM deployment, has ready to boot images for all major VM/Cloud platforms and updates packages (bundles) on a daily, weekly basis.
Has ready to boot vhdx hyper-v images, with latest and LTS kernels to choose from. The stateless operation mode ensures that its always in a "working" state and its easy to see what admin changes you did via a /etc /var.
Perfect for local/cloud docker deployment platform, while the focus on some core scenarios and the "bundle" concept makes auto-updates possible and stable. You can rollback to any OS state version with a single command.
Complete OS hash file verification, allows to test the full installed os against the repo state and will list any modifications and can clean/rebuild to a full "known" state. So removing/reverting any changes or unwanted modifications can not only be tracked, but actually easily fixed in seconds.
Special kernel patches per platform to ensure maximum performance and minimal boot times, as example boots in under 1 second into cli using the hyper-v images.
Sits in the middle between something like Ubuntu Core/Server and RancherOS/Linuxkit.
Version: Rating: 10 Date: 2017-12-13 Votes: 9
Depending on who you are Clear Linux may or may not be for you. In my case I do a lot of scientific computations and a lot of code compiling. Clear Linux has been far the best experience. Less hangs while sending these tasks to the background and using my computer for other things. A lot of applications that you would find normally pre-installed are not there but they are not too hard to install on Clear Linux. Documentation is slightly lacking but livable. Careful for the OOM killer though as it seems to be more eager than on other distributions. Overall Clear Linux is my daily driver now.
Version: Rating: 8 Date: 2017-07-01 Votes: 10
Using this on bare metal with a direct ethernet connection to proxy route and firewall a LAN. It is fast fast fast. I like these edge case OS-es for security reasons. Needs a bit more polish in a couple areas but overall is solid.
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