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EasyOS 6.0 Release: A New LTS Series Kicks Off

EasyOS 6.0 is an interesting Linux distro upgrade for a new LTS series, supported until 2028. Find out more here.

EasyOS is quite a unique Linux distribution that sees its start back in 2017 when it was derived off Quirky Linux. It has been built up along the years with many unique qualities.

Its developers call it as the “new paradigm” for distros which has been designed to be container-friendly, and uses RAM to handle its storage operations, which usually result in fast app/container launches.

Thanks to a recent announcement, we now have a new release in the form of EasyOS Scarthgap 6.0. Let's see what it has to offer.

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EasyOS Scarthgap 6.0: What's New?

a screenshot of easyos scarthgap 6.0
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Powered by Linux kernel 6.6.32, it features packages that were compiled from a fork of the Scarthgap release of OpenEmbedded which is an LTS release supported until April 2028.

Alongside that, there is a “meta-quirky” layer by Barry Kauler, which features an additional 240 package build recipes not present on the official OpenEmbedded and Yocto Project repos alongside multiple patches for the official build recipes.

On the application side of things, EasyOS 6.0 features recent versions of apps like Geany, GParted, Grisbi, Inkscape, LibreOffice, NoteCase, Celluloid, Chromium, Flowblade, GIMP, and a few others.

To wrap this up, there are plenty of updated packages too, with some notable ones including:

  • glibc 2.39
  • GCC 13.2.0
  • Mesa 24.0.3
  • Python 3.12.3
  • LLVM/Clang 18.1.5

The release notes have more details if you would like to learn more about this release.

Get EasyOS Scarthgap 6.0

The most straightforward way to get this release of EasyOS is to get it from the official mirror hosted at Ibiblio. There is also a Yocto Project page that hosts EasyOS releases, but at the time of writing, it featured an older release.

There is another mirror for users in Europe, hosted by NLUUG, that could be a faster alternative to the above-mentioned ones.

For users of the earlier “Kirkstone” releases, they can follow the official upgrade guide to get the newer release, as that series of releases will stop receiving maintenance updates by the end of this year.

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