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Clear Linux

Last Update: 2019-02-19 19:51 UTC

Clear Linux is a minimal distribution primarily designed with performance and cloud use-cases in mind. The operating system upgrades as a whole rather than using individual packages. Extra software can be added to the system (along with associated dependencies) using pre-compiled bundles which can be accessed through the distribution's swupd software manager.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 148 (57), 6 months: 131 (73), 3 months: 125 (93), 4 weeks: 125 (78), 1 week: 126 (52)

Average visitor rating: 8/10 from 7 review(s).

Clear Summary
Distribution Clear Linux
Home Page https://clearlinux.org/
Mailing Lists https://lists.clearlinux.org/mailman/listinfo/dev
User Forums --
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Documentation https://clearlinux.org/documentation/
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Download Mirrors https://download.clearlinux.org/current/
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Feature 27900 12430
Release Date 2019-02-19 2017-01-03
End Of Life    
Price (US$) Free Free
Image Size (MB) 214-310 214-310
Free Download IMG IMG
Installation -- --
Default Desktop Xfce Xfce
Package Management swupd swupd
Release Model Rolling Rolling
Office Suite -- --
Processor Architecture x86_64 x86_64
Init Software systemd systemd
Journaled File Systems ext4 ext4
Asian Language Support    
Full Package List 27900 12430
Package 27900 12430
abiword (3.0.2) -- --
alsa-lib (1.1.8) 1.1.8 1.1.3
ati-driver (18.30) -- --
bash (5.0) 5.0 4.4
bind (9.14.0) -- --
chromium (73.0.3683.86) -- --
cups (2.2.11) 2.2.10 2.2.1
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.4.1 4.3.3
e2fsprogs (1.45.0) 1.44.5 1.43.3
firefox (66.0.1) 65.0.1 50.1.0
freetype (2.10.0) 2.9.1 2.7.1
gcc (8.3.0) 8.2.0 6.3.0
gimp (2.10.8) 2.10.8 --
glibc (2.29) 2.29 2.24
gnome-shell (3.32.0) 3.30.2 3.22.2
gnucash (3.4) -- --
gnumeric (1.12.44) -- --
grub (2.02) 2.02 2.02
gtk+ (3.24.7) 3.24.5 3.22.5
httpd (2.4.38) 2.4.38 2.4.25
inkscape (0.92.4) 0.92.4 --
k3b (18.12.3) -- --
kmod (26) 26 23
krita (4.1.8)  
libreoffice (6.2.2) -- --
linux (5.0.4) 4.20.10 4.8.15
Package 27900 12430
lxpanel (0.10.0) -- --
mariadb (10.3.13) 10.3.11 10.0.28
mate-desktop (1.22.0) -- --
mesa (19.0.0) 18.2 --
mysql (8.0.15) -- --
nautilus (3.32.0) 3.30.5 3.22.1
NVIDIA (418.56) -- --
openbox (3.6.1) -- --
openjdk (12) 10.0.2 8-15
openssh (7.9p1) 7.9p1 7.4p1
openssl (1.1.1b) 1.1.1a 1.0.2j
perl (5.28.1) 5.28.1 5.24.0
php (7.3.3) 7.3.1 5.6.28
plasma-desktop (5.15.3) 5.15.0 --
postfix (3.4.4) -- --
postgresql (11.2) 9.6.12 9.6.1
Python (3.7.2) 2.7.15 --
qt (5.12.2) 5.12.1 --
samba (4.10.0) 4.9.4 4.5.3
systemd (241) 239 231
thunderbird (60.6.0) 60.5.1 45.5.1
vim (8.1) 8.1 8.0
vlc (3.0.6) 3.0.6 --
xfdesktop (4.12.4) 4.13.2 4.12.3
xorg-server (1.20.4) 1.20.3 1.19.0

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Rating: 8
Date: 2019-01-21
Votes: 4

Score: 8/10


-Faster than any other distro I've tried (at least on Intel systems).
-Takes very well to Intel-based Mac Book Air's.
-For a server/container distro, the desktop release is surprisingly well-featured.

-Firefox without MP4/H.264 plugin support by default. Eolie works.
-Some isolated cases of hard lock-ups.
-App ecosystem is not as robust as others.

Works well on a 2011 MacBook Air, cons aside. You will not find an OS that boots or run faster than this(OS X included).

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Version: 12430
Rating: 9
Date: 2018-12-05
Votes: 4

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.

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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.

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