UPDATE 11/23/2020: Am reclaiming Media Library space by deleting old pics. Trying to thin out the Media Library’s pics from posts that get few visits … hopefully it doesn’t ruin your view of the post.


Since I have decided to do less testing of the some 600+- Linux Distros it seems that the ‘Specialty’ ones – e.g. Kali Linux, and now Clear Linux OS are the ones I end up testing now (besides new releases of Ubuntu and Mint). Clear Linux OS is an Intel “Project” focusing mainly on the cloud, tho it apparently can also be for AI, data science, power users and even general desktop users so it may be less of a ‘Specialty’ than Kali and Kodachi. As a desktop user, I am finding it interesting in the early tests – e.g. installing Xfce, i3 (removed it), and KDE-Plasma (had problems so removed it for now). Several Gnome options (??) for Xorg, Flashback (Metacity), Wayland … OOOPS! Just tried “Weston” from the login window – Ditto on the OOOPS! Rebooting gets me back to being able to choose Gnome Xorg, which I believe was the original install. Have made several mistakes that have been easy to recover from, so FOSS was probably right about:

An Overview of Intel’s Clear Linux, its Features and Installation Procedure
… snip … Stateless: It runs with a custom configuration and separates the OS configurations with per system config and the user data. So, even if you mess up with the system by mistake, Clear Linux OS will boot correctly performing a factory reset so that you can immediately set it up again.

Here’s the “About” Clear Linux* Project:

The Clear Linux Project creates an operating system and software stacks that offers highly optimized performance, security, versatility, and manageability.

Snip … Intel Optimizations – The Clear Linux team uses multiple methods to optimize for performance on Intel products: kernel configurations, compiler flags and automatic use of optimized binaries and libraries.

The install was from the ‘Live’ USB and I made a couple attempts before getting it right. Their documentation was mostly correct, and offered lots of info – e.g. other methods of installing. Install seemed a little slow, but the installer was apparently new … also, Intel is apparently moving fast on this “Project” so it might be rusty at first.

Snappy once installed and definitely worth checking out…