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Clear Linux

Last Update: 2019-05-15 00:39 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: 108 (102), 6 months: 90 (136), 3 months: 63 (166), 4 weeks: 89 (135), 1 week: 98 (121)

Average visitor rating: 8.37/10 from 19 review(s).

Clear Summary
Distribution Clear Linux
Home Page https://clearlinux.org/
Mailing Lists https://lists.clearlinux.org/mailman/listinfo/dev
User Forums https://community.clearlinux.org/
Alternative User Forums
Documentation https://clearlinux.org/documentation/
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Download Mirrors https://clearlinux.org/downloads
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Reviews 2019: Ordinatechnic
2017: DistroWatch
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  • Colour scheme: green text = latest stable version, red text = development or beta version. The function determining beta versions is not 100% reliable due to a wide variety of versioning schemes.
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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 GNOME 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 (1.1.9) 1.1.8 1.1.3
ati-driver (18.30) -- --
bash (5.0) 5.0 4.4
bind (9.15.3) -- --
chromium (76.0.3809.100) -- --
cups (2.3.0) 2.2.10 2.2.1
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.4.1 4.3.3
e2fsprogs (1.45.3) 1.44.5 1.43.3
firefox (68.0.2) 65.0.1 50.1.0
freetype (2.10.1) 2.9.1 2.7.1
gcc (9.2.0) 8.2.0 6.3.0
gimp (2.10.12) 2.10.8 --
glibc (2.30) 2.29 2.24
gnome-shell (3.32.2) 3.30.2 3.22.2
gnucash (3.6) -- --
gnumeric (1.12.45) -- --
grub (2.04) 2.02 2.02
gtk (3.24.10) 3.24.5 3.22.5
httpd (2.4.41) 2.4.38 2.4.25
inkscape (0.92.4) 0.92.4 --
k3b (19.08.0) -- --
kmod (26) 26 23
krita (4.2.5)  
libreoffice (6.3.0) -- --
linux (5.2.9) 4.20.10 4.8.15
Package 27900 12430
lxpanel (0.10.0) -- --
mariadb (10.4.7) 10.3.11 10.0.28
mate-desktop (1.22.1) -- --
mesa (19.1.5) 18.2 --
mysql (8.0.17) -- --
nautilus (3.32.3) 3.30.5 3.22.1
NVIDIA (430.40) -- --
openbox (3.6.1) -- --
openjdk (12.0.1) 10.0.2 8-15
openssh (8.0p1) 7.9p1 7.4p1
openssl (1.1.1c) 1.1.1a 1.0.2j
perl (5.30.0) 5.28.1 5.24.0
php (7.3.8) 7.3.1 5.6.28
plasma-desktop (5.16.4) 5.15.0 --
postfix (3.4.6) -- --
postgresql (11.5) 9.6.12 9.6.1
Python (3.7.4) 2.7.15 --
qt (5.13.0) 5.12.1 --
samba (4.10.7) 4.9.4 4.5.3
systemd (242) 239 231
thunderbird (60.8.0) 60.5.1 45.5.1
vim (8.1) 8.1 8.0
vlc (3.0.8) 3.0.6 --
xfdesktop (4.14.1) 4.13.2 4.12.3
xorg-server (1.20.5) 1.20.3 1.19.0

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Rating: 9
Date: 2019-07-06
Votes: 51

Just installed version 30210

Hardware: hp envy with Ryzen 7
Everything works but the touchscreen (which didn't work with ubuntu or any other distro I tried over the last week).

The lone critique I have is the installer doesn't handle multiple OSs. Clear installer demands to be first. And there's workarounds to add windows, etc, after Clear is there. If someone is good with EFI and that stuff, they might get rEFInd to work. I tried but suspect I missed something easy.

» The desktop has a simple and slick presentation that isn't pretentious. I've used ubuntu from gnome to whatever the unity thing was, KDE 3, KDE 4, xfce, and whatever fedora does. Clear was the first time I started a DE and wasn't immediately annoyed. KDE 3 is close 2nd. :)
» Windows 10 that came with the hp rarely was usable within a minute of turning on the computer. Clear linux bots very quickly. Quickly enough I haven't realized that I forgot to pay attention to boot time.
» Shut down is near instantaneous.
» This laptop tends to run hot - happens much less with Clear Linux. The heat comes and goes in Windows but other linuxes tend to keep it toasty.

» Been ubuntu fan for a decade, I have to relearn linux-y things, like `swupd bundle-add` is `apt install`.
» Potentially there are less programs available, but I use laptop for web development, so I just need and editor, ssh, scp, & a browser.

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Version: 27900
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-06-26
Votes: 48

Perfect distro.

Default nvidia driver is good at artificial stone.
(no nvidia driver required)

Very Fast, stabile.

The first distribution in which sound and good network are excellent!

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Version: 27900
Rating: 9
Date: 2019-06-23
Votes: 6

Ok, I'm a stupid newbie, and I try many distros like Ubuntu, Fedora, Deepin, etc. Clear Linux is the really clear, intuitive, and easy to use. Desktop installation ISO contains soft what I want, during installation you can choose others bundles (like soft packages). If you want install anything just type in terminal "sudo swupd bundle-add python3", and python3 environment installed, or use a GUI Software Package Manager. CLOS easy to use, and look glance :)
PS Version - 30040 (not listed above)
PPS Rating 9 - because Flatpak (another way to get packages) is not friendly yet.

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