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Rhino Linux – rolling release Ubuntu-based distribution

Rhino Linux is a rolling release Ubuntu-based distribution with Pacstall and the XFCE desktop environment at its core.

Pacstall is at the very heart of this distro, providing essential packages such as the Linux kernel, Firefox, and distinctive Rhino Linux applications and theming. Pacstall is the Arch User Repository (AUR) Ubuntu wishes it had. It takes the concept of the AUR and puts a spin on it, making it easier to install programs without scouring GitHub repos and the likes. It supports binary, git, AppImage, as well as building and .deb packages.

The XFCE Desktop environment is chosen for its stable and rock-solid base. Unicorn is the distro’s custom built XFCE desktop experience combining the best of the traditional and modern takes on the desktop experience. Unicorn is both fast as well as elegant.

Rhino Linux desktop
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Working state:Active
Desktop:Xfce
Init Software:systemd
Package Management:APT, Flatpak, Pacstall
Release Model:Rolling
Platforms:x86_64, aarch64
Home Page:rhinolinux.org
Developer:Rhino Linux Team
This article is part of our Big List of Active Linux Distros which is currently under development.

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Each distro makes different choices, deciding which open source projects to install and provides custom written programs. They can have different philosophies.

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Torin Doyle
Torin Doyle
1 month ago

I’ve tried Rhino Linux at various times in a VM. Before long, it always breaks after an update. No thanks.

Vince
Vince
1 month ago
Reply to  Torin Doyle

What distro(s) do you use?

Torin Doyle
Torin Doyle
1 month ago
Reply to  Vince

Hi Vince. On my Desktop & Laptop, I run Debian 12 Bookworm. As VMs [in GNOME Boxes], I have Debian Testing, Debian Sid, Fedora 40, Devuan 5, Debian 12 Stable.

Noah
Noah
1 month ago
Reply to  Torin Doyle

I’ve been running Rhino for a little over a year. Not had any breakages yet.

Luke Baker
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1 month ago
Reply to  Noah

I guess I might try Rhino, rolling Ubuntu kinda appeals.

Torin Doyle
Torin Doyle
1 month ago
Reply to  Noah

Hi Noah. Good for you. 🙂