A Look at Redcore Linux: Gentoo based Linux Distribution

Many individuals within the technology world have heard, at least in passing, of the Linux distribution Gentoo. Gentoo is likely one of the most well-known distributions to the purpose of turning into a joke; with it’s complexity and depth, putting in Gentoo has been a frightening process for a lot of.

Redcore is likely one of the latest distributions to try to convey the ability of Gentoo to the on a regular basis person.

I beforehand wrote an article in 2017 about Sabayon Linux, one other standard Gentoo based system; however Redcore Linux holds its personal and pulls its personal weight.

Test machine specs:

  • Ryzen 5 2600X
  • 16GB DDR4 3000Mhz
  • NVIDIA GTX 1070
  • MSI X470 GAMING PLUS Motherboard

Installation of Redcore Linux

Installation of Redcore Linux was very simple and used the Calamares set up software program software for its system set up; the identical software utilized in Manjaro and different techniques. I’ll say that whereas set up was quite simple and straightforward to get going, it did take longer than most different distributions; about 25 minutes. Once set up was full nevertheless, a reboot introduced me to my system with out problem. I opted for the KDE flavour, however Redcore additionally encompasses a light-weight LXQT flavour as properly.

However, GRUB2 didn’t robotically comprise my Windows 10, and I needed to manually add it utilizing the next terminal instructions:

  • su
  • grub2-probe –target=hints_string /run/media/myusername/locationofwindows/ (This could range based in your setup)
  • grub2-mkconfig -o /boot/grub/grub.cfg

Once accomplished, every thing was as must be.

Using Redcore Linux

Redcore Linux is based off Gentoo’s testing department so you’ll be able to anticipate close to bleeding-edge updates to your system. However, Redcore Linux does take a look at packages acquired of their weekly resync with Gentoo upstream for stability earlier than including them to the Redcore Linux repositories. This does assist add a layer of additional stability to the system that you could be not normally have in a testing department.

The GUI software for package deal set up and updates in Redcore Linux is named Sisyphus GUI, and whereas having a really no-frills and generic trying look, the software program does precisely what it’s designed to do with out a whole lot of confusion or mucking round.

Redcore Linux doesn’t include a whole lot of bloat, however does include all of the requirements corresponding to:

  • LibreOffice
  • KeepassXC
  • VLC
  • Cantata (audio participant)
  • Firefox
  • Thunderbird
  • QBittorrent
  • Steam
  • Lutris
  • GIMP

Ultimately Redcore Linux has slightly little bit of every thing and is what I’d name a well-rounded distribution.

Resource Usage

Redcore Linux with LibreOffice, Cantata enjoying .FLAC lossless music from my library, Firefox with 5 tabs open, and a Terminal, used roughly:

  • three% CPU utilization
  • 2GB of RAM

It was tremendous mild whereas operating KDE, and although this pc isn’t weak on specs; the system ran superbly with none wait time for utility loading, on a 7200 RPM drive.

Final Thoughts

Redcore Linux is a superb different for individuals who need to discover Gentoo with out spending hours (or days) pouring over the Handbook and trying to put in the system themselves. Redcore Linux makes it simple to get a working Gentoo-based system up-and-running in a short while, and handles on a regular basis duties and gaming alike, with grace and energy. I like to recommend!

Now you: Have you ever used Gentoo, or a Gentoo-based system? Tell us about your experiences!

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