Redcore Linux Hardened 2101 (Orion) releases, based-Gentoo distro
Redcore Linux is a distribution based on Gentoo Linux (stable + some unstable) and a continuation of, now defunct, Kogaion Linux. Kogaion Linux itself was a distribution based initially on Sabayon Linux, and later on Gentoo Linux and it was developed by RogentOS Development Group since 2011. Ghiunhan Mamut (aka V3n3RiX) himself joined RogentOS Development Group in January 2014.
However, after more than 5 years of development, RogentOS Development Group decided to discontinue Kogaion Linux in November 2016, and so Redcore Linux was born.
Redcore Linux shares the same idea as his defunct ancestor, Kogaion Linux : to bring the power of Gentoo Linux to the masses. It aims to be a very quick way to install a pure Gentoo Linux system without spending hours or days compiling from source code, reading documentation etc.. To achieve this goal, it provides a repository with prebuilt binary packages which receives continuous updates (rolling release model).
Redcore Linux Hardened 2101 (Orion) releases.
- rsync with Gentoo’s testing tree as of 31.05.2021
- built using Gentoo’s new profiles, for details read here
- linux kernel 5.11.22 as default, 5.10.40 LTS && 5.4.122 LTS Legacy in repositories
- glibc 2.32, gcc 10.2.0, binutils 2.35 && llvm-12.0.0 toolchain
- mesa 21.1.1, libdrm 2.4.106, xorg-server 1.20.11 graphics stack
- alsa 1.2.5, pulseaudio 13.0, gstreamer 1.16.3 audio stack (no pipewire, as from our testing it breaks audio, or bluetooth, or both)
- kde plasma 5.21.5, kde-frameworks 5.82, kde-apps 21.04.1 desktop stack
- rich web browser selection with firefox 89.0, chromium-91.0.4472.77, google-chrome-91.0.4472.77, opera-76.0.4017.154, vivaldi-3.8.2259.42, microsoft-edge-91.0.864.37, falkon-3.1.0-r1
- flatpak is supported out of the box, just enable Flathub in Discover (do NOT follow any “flatpak on Gentoo” guides you find online, flatpak support is builtin in Redcore)
- no more passwords for the live environment, the iso will boot straight into Plasma … if you need root, just type su – and enter
- open-vm-tools are preinstalled and enabled, so it should play nicely with vmWare virtual machines
- spice-vdagent is preinstalled and enabled, so it should play nicely with Qemu/KVM virtual machines
- sisyphus (our package manager) has a very nice documentation, don’t be shy to read it and find out how it works and what it can do : sisyphus –help (wiki documentation for it is obsolete, will be updated eventually)
- sisyphus can now remember any custom USE flags, keywords, masks, unmasks when switching between master (stable) and next (testing) branches of the distribution (as long as you use the files in /etc/sisyphus for such custom settings)
- sisyphus no longer tries to install a package or upgrade a system which is on the next (testing) branch, but points to the master (stable) binhost (binary repository) or the other way around
- too many other changes and fixes to remember
- live session can freeze after connection to wi-fi … if you need internet during live, use a wired connection … if you intend to install, you can leave it unplugged, as the installer does not need network connectivity
- although the live user has no password, just pressing enter won’t unlock the session if the screenlock kicked in (works fine on installed system with a password)
- the installer may crash at first launch (for some weird reason) … launch it again and it will complete the installation
- no virtualbox integration of any kind
- since this release (2101 Orion) is based on the new Gentoo profiles, upgrades from previous releases (2004 Neptune, 1908 Mira, 1812 Luna, 1806 Kepler) are no longer possible. Seriously, don’t even attempt as it will break the system. We strongly recommend a fresh install. Upgrades from Alpha, Beta and Release Candidate releases of 2101 Orion are possible.
- while previous release versions meant to represent the year and month of the release (2004 – April 2020, 1908 – August 2019), starting with this release we will follow a mesa like versioning. In this case : 2101 = first release in 2021. The next release will have version number 2102 (aka second release in 2021) even if it comes in December this year. If it comes in 2022 (It won’t, as we really intend to release more often, but bear with us) will have version number 2201 (aka first release in 2022).
- whatever the version, the codename for the next release is Polaris, following our tradition of naming each release after a star, planet, galaxy, nebulae etc.