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SpiralLinux – selection of Linux spins built from Debian

SpiralLinux is a selection of Linux spins built from Debian, with a focus on simplicity and out-of-the-box usability across all the major desktop environments. SpiralLinux serves as an alternative live installation method for a highly reliable customized Debian system using only official Debian package repositories.

Features include:

  • Installable live DVD / USB images around 2GB in size and carefully configured for a wide array of popular desktop environments.
  • Built from Debian Stable packages with newer hardware support preinstalled from Debian Backports.
  • Easily upgradable to Debian’s Testing or Unstable branches with just a few clicks.
  • Optimal Btrfs subvolume layout with Zstd transparent compression and automatic Snapper snapshots bootable via GRUB for easy rollbacks.
  • Graphical manager for Flatpak packages and preconfigured Flatpak theming
  • PipeWire and other low-level system configurations unique to SpiralLinux, providing low-latency
  • JACK audio compatibility out-of-the-box as well as standard PulseAudio compatibility.
  • Font rendering and color theming preconfigured for optimal legibility.
  • Preinstalled proprietary media codecs and non-free Debian package repositories ready to use.
  • Broad hardware support with a wide array of proprietary firmware preinstalled.
  • Extensive printer support with relaxed permissions for printer administration.
  • Optimal power management with TLP preinstalled.
  • VirtualBox support available out-of-the-box.
  • Enables zRAM swap by default for better performance on low-end hardware.
  • Normal users can operate and administer the system without recurring to the terminal.
  • Depends entirely on the Debian infrastructure, thus avoiding the “developer-hit-by-a-bus” concern.
  • Installed system can be smoothly upgraded to future Debian releases while retaining its unique SpiralLinux configuration.


Working state:Active
Desktop:Budgie, Cinnamon, GNOME, KDE Plasma, LXQt, MATE, Xfce
Init Software:systemd
Package Management:APT
Release Model:Fixed
This article is part of our Big List of Active Linux Distros which is currently under development.

What's a Linux distribution ("distro")?

A distro provides the user with a desktop environment, preloaded applications, and ways to update and maintain the system.

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

Some distros are intended for desktop computers, some for servers without a graphical interface, and others for special uses. Because Linux is an open source operating system, combinations of software vary between Linux distros.
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