SpiralLinux version 11.220925 adds some much-needed desktop and Wi-Fi tweaks, but will it get lost in a sea of Debian desktops?
The developers of the Debian offshoot SpiralLinux have announced a new version, 11.220925. The release offers a number of improvements to increase hardware support and make the system more user-friendly.
What’s new in SpiralLinux?
The developers will announce the new version in a message on the project’s GitHub page:
The SpiralLinux project is pleased to announce the release of 11.220925 with some fixes and improvements. Many thanks to all users who reported issues and suggested improvements!
The new version of SpiralLinux is based on Debian Stable 11.5. The distro has several desktop systems available, but there are changes that apply to all versions. Among them are an updated version of Firefox, improved two-finger scrolling on trackpads, and custom Wi-Fi drivers. The developers state that the support for the Realtek r8168 Wi-Fi adapter is “theoretical” and that they appreciate the reports of users who have actually installed the device.
They also fixed a bug where an “annoying beep” was heard during live system boot using the EFI firmware standard in new PCs.
SpiralLinux Desktop Tweaks
The SpiralLinux developers have also tweaked the various desktop environments they support. They offer users a choice of Cinnamon, Xfce, GNOME, KDE Plasma, MATE, Budgie, and LXQT Desktops. Users can download the new version with their choice of The SpiralLinux home page.
The Budgie desktop fixes missing system tray indicators for some programs. They also fixed a bug in Cinnamon where the Catfish search engine was missing, a bug in GNOME that caused the system to hang after installation, and a bug where MATE applications that required administrator access could not be launched.
A Leap in User-Friendly Debian Respins
SpiralLinux is part of a trend towards Linux distributions that adapt Debian to be more user-friendly, such as SparkyLinux and MX Linux. Debian has a reputation for being rock solid, but intimidating to users less experienced with Linux. Popular among developers, Ubuntu is Debian’s most prominent desktop alternative.
Debian’s fierce free-software attitude (proprietary software is not available by default) makes support for some hardware difficult. SpiralLinux is trying to fix this, although the developers stuck more closely to the standard Debian release. They are willing to make replacements to improve hardware support, especially for devices like trackpads and wireless adapters that are essential for laptop use.
Yet another Debian desktop
The march for an easy-to-use Debian-based desktop continues. Debian’s flexibility makes it very easy to create custom versions, and many of them have multiplied. There is a dizzying array of Debian offshoots available to install.