Redcore Linux Hardened 2004 (codename Neptune) is headed to the #10 spot in Karmi’s Top 10 Linux Distros ‘n I lack the words to properly describe what all I like about this *EXCELLENT*casual” Linux Distro!

  • NOTE: 1/25/2021 update – tested the Redcore Linux 2101 Beta – Redcore.Linux.Hardened.2101.KDE.amd64.BETA.iso – today. Used Rufus to create Live USB. Tested it on the ‘Apevia‘ AMD Ryzen™ + Geforce GTX 1660 computer first…then tested it on the ‘InWin‘ Intel computer. Too buggy to report all the problems ‘n it is just a Beta. Never was able to get past Live USB bugs (e.g. freezing that wouldn’t allow settings to open or allow shutdown or anything else, basically) so never got to test installing it.

Heck, am also going to add Redcore to the Distros w/ *NO* “Authenticate” popup or other ‘Pesky Passwords’ page. It’s not in the same Fulltime Linux Root User class as Puppy 9.5 ‘n Fedora Cinnamon Spin ‘n CentOS Stream ‘n Oracle Linux 8.3, but Redcore can join the Root User group with “minor issues.” Those Distros with “minor issues” allow for a root user login at the Welcome Screen, but the computer speakers might not work in the root section or some other minor issue. Everything works great in the ‘Password Dependent’ user section, but minor issues show up in the root user section. I absolutely hate annoying OS “Authenticate” popups on my *OWN* home computers!!!

Oh, will also add Redcore Linux to the Gentoo ‘n Redcore Linux ‘n Pentoo ‘n T2_SDE page…

Gentoo Linux is only one of a ‘couple/few’ Linux Distros that I have been unable to install ‘n reach a GUI desktop. However, Gentoo is one of the most popular Distros…around the 7th on NetMarketshare’s Operating System Share by Version Desktop/laptop chart. With the ascension of Ubuntu Linux since 2010 all the other popular Linux Distros have dropped in popularity – Historical yearly trends.

About Redcore Linux:

Who’s behind?

Redcore Linux was started and is currently developed by Ghiunhan Mamut who “plays” multiple roles: full-time maintainer, coder, packager, ISO creator, bug Squasher, and so on …. in a word, that means that he is working alone. He does however accept contributions from anyone regardless of area of interest (website, wiki, bugs, packages etc).

Ghiunhan Mamut is a regular guy, passionate about technology and especially of GNU / Linux. He has no IT degree, but is self-taught, he likes to learn new things and experiment with parameters of a GNU / Linux system. He uses Linux everyday for more than 10 years starting 2006. During this time he used to be a classic distro-hopper, and he used many distributions but he never felt completely satisfied by none of them. He used : Ubuntu, Mint, Debian, Fedora, openSUSE, Mandriva, Rosa, ArchLinux, Chakra, Slackware and in the end he settled to Gentoo in December 2012, a distribution he fell in love with and never left since.

IMHO, “full-time maintainer, coder, packager, ISO creator, bug Squasher, and so on…” Ghiunhan Mamut has done an *AMAZING* job with Redcore Linux! Not for everyone, as it targets the “casual Laptop/Desktop users,” but if you have ever been interested in trying Gentoo Linux then Redcore gives you the perfect chance to try it.

Fact is I now have it installed fulltime on its own 64GB SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.1 Flash Drive, and also on a 128GB SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 Flash Drive (for USB portability). That 64GB Ultra Fit is plugged into a 4-port switched USB hub with 3 other fulltime Linux Distros that I like…attached to the ‘Apevia’ AMD Ryzen™ main Linux test computer. The 128GB Ultra is used as a portable to my other computers. See my Linux ‘n USB Flash Drives page for more info on USB Linux installations. NOTE: my only failed installation attempt was to a 32GB Samsung FIT Plus USB, and I am not sure what caused that failure. Maybe just a temporary ‘glitchor the Samsung USB or 32GB’s was too small or etc., but installation to a test SSD was fine, as was the installation to the 64GB SanDisk Ultra Fit USB drive. Installation to the SSD was very fast, but installing to the USB was slower (tho faster than most Distros).

Am a big fan of saving OS images ‘n use Clonezilla for Linux images. Made an image of the 64GB SanDisk Ultra Fit and then restored that to the 128GB SanDisk Ultra. Decided to make the image because the update after installation took a long time and used up lots of my monthly ISP Data. The Redcore.Linux.Hardened.2004.KDE.amd64 ISO was about 3.5 GB’s, and was the “stable” version. There was also a Redcore.Linux.Hardened.2101.KDE.amd64.ALPHA.iso version which may have required less updating, but am not sure. I went with 2004 “stable” over the 2101 Alpha, and have had no problems with it.

I used Rufus to create the ‘Live’ USB Boot media. The Redcore Wiki is very helpful ‘n easy to read. First installation test was done to a 120GB test SSD. As with most Distros which the user is unfamiliar with, some things are difficult to find…I couldn’t find a screen capture tool – tho they had something called “SimpleScreenRecorder.” I think that was more for video and/or audio stuff, so I didn’t capture any pics of the installation process. I don’t think it has a ‘camera’ type of screen capture utility installed. However…some quick notes:

  • Normally, I find KDE Plasma difficult to move around in, but developer Ghiunhan Mamut has ‘tweaked’ it in such a way that I actually enjoyed using KDE – before ‘n after installation!
  • The installer was simple to use (even for USB’s) and some pics are available in the Wiki Installation section. Again, developer Ghiunhan Mamut has done an exceptional job with this Linux Distro!

BTW, Live ISO passwords are:

  • Username : redcore with password redcore_live (2101 ALPHA)
  • Username : redcore with password redcore (2004 STABLE)

Anyone ever trying to install Gentoo Linux without any GUI success is really gonna *LOVE* the way Redcore Linux has simplified the process…from installing Redcore to adding apps afterwards.

My favorite Linux Package Manager is the Synaptic Package Manager and often wonder why more Distros don’t use it – or – use one with a similar format. Redcore has something similar – Sisyphus:

Sisyphus is the package manager used in Redcore Linux. In it’s essence Sisyphus is a simple wrapper around portage, gentoolkit, and portage-utils that provides an apt-get/yum-alike interface to these commands, to assist newcomer people transitioning from Debian/RedHat-based systems to Gentoo.

Sisyphus GUI

Sisyphus GUI is the graphical user interface part. It is very simplistic in design and functionality and it can only perform very basic tasks : install/uninstall package(s), upgrade the system and remove orphan packages. This is of course a design decision, as Sisyphus GUI is meant to work in a manner similar to Synaptic, without any bells and whistles (no screenshots, no ratings, no reviews and so on).

Well, it may not have “any bells and whistles,” but it works great! I used it to add Spectacle (Screenshot Capture Utility) for some pics like this:

A simple to use package manager that works!!! Here’s my new Redcore Linux DE:

Here’s the system info:

NV168 is the nouveau graphic driver for the GeForce GTX 1660…I haven’t tried to install the actual Nvidia driver yet, until I know a little more about this OS.

KDE Plasma has never been so easy for me to move around in…am not sure what it is – maybe it’s just less ‘Busy’ – but I really like KDE like this!?  😉

Due to limits on his time, developer Ghiunhan Mamut offers only the KDE Plasma DE, but I find it so easy to work in ‘n with that I won’t look for another one…unless it’s just for a test to see if I can add another DE.

Jack M. Germain did a great Redcore review a couple of years ago – Redcore Linux Gives Gentoo a Nice Facelift.

DistroWatch has a brief on it – Redcore Linux.

Here’s a YouTube comparing “Speed and Stress” of CPU/RAM performance of the arch-based Manjaro 20.2 KDE against that of Redcore Linux Hardened 2004 with KDE desktop:

DOS is faster than Arch ‘n all the Arch-based Distros combined, so I’m not sure that test proves a lot. In just brief testing here, Redcore Linux is definitely fast ‘n Snappy!

LINUX IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES – you never know what you’re gonna get!