SpiralLinux is Debian-based Linux distribution with spins for Cinnamon, XFCE, GNOME, KDE Plasma, Mate, Budgie, LXQt, and Builder (which uses the IceWM window manager for experienced users to fully configure the system to meet their needs). Each of these spins (minus “Builder”) offers a simplified Linux experience that uses the official Debian Stable package repositories.
SpiralLinux includes Flatpak support built-in as well as a GUI front-end for managing Flatpak packages. The distribution uses the Btrfs file system which includes an optimal subpartition with Zstd transparent compression and built-in support for automatic Snapper snapshots and even zRAM swap support.
According to the developer, “Great effort has been expended in polishing the SpiralLinux default configuration for all the major desktop environments using the packages and mechanisms that Debian itself provides,” said the dev when asked “why another Debian-based distro.”
SpiralLinux is based on Debian 11 (“Bullseye”), is powered by kernel 5.16, and ships with apps like Firefox, LibreOffice, Thunderbird, Transmission, Pidgin, and the Synaptic Package Manager installed by default.
For more information about the latest release of SpiralLinux, make sure to visit the official release notes.