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Clear Linux OS

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Clear Linux OS (Clear Linux* OS, Clear Linux*) is an open source, rolling release Linux distribution optimized for Intel Architecture, primarily designed with performance, security, customizability and manageability, from the Cloud to the Edge[1]. Clear Linux* OS is a not forked from any other Linux distribution, instead, it is a reference implementation for users to customise it.


The Clear Linux* project begun in 2015 for the Intel Clear Container.

Design and principles[edit]

  • optimizations across the entire stack: kernel, libraries, middleware layers, frameworks and runtime
  • Rolling release model for upsteam Linux kernel version

Stateless design[edit]

The system files are separate from all other user data for easier manageability


that makes it possible to operate in some proxy environments without needing to be configured.


optional to helps the Clear Linux* OS team proactively identify and resolve bugs


  • run on live desktop, live server, bare metal, Virtual machines, Containers, cloud infrastructure such as AWS, GCP or Azure
  • a GUI installer developed in Go called "Clear Linux* OS Installer" for installation
  • default GNOME desktop environment and GNOME Software installed for desktop ISO version
  • native ext4 file system with Btrfs

Software update[edit]

Unlike other Linux distribution, Clear Linux* OS employs the concept of the Bundles to manage software and dependency. Bundles encapsulate all upstream open-source projects and packages needed to enable a use-case or capability. The custom package manager "swupd" is used for managing Bundles.

Clear Linux* OS also supports Flatpak application virtualization out of the box. A marketplace Clear Linux* Store is the official "app store" to discovery the software (Bundles or Flatpak) available to install.

Clear Linux* OS also supports Docker with the 'containers-basic' bundles installed.

Reference Stacks[edit]

It provides several reference stacks for specific purpose such as Data Analytics, Database or Deep Learning.


Clear Linux* OS is a reference implementation, users or developers can build custom Clear Linux* OS derivatives using the tools included in the system called "autospec" and "mixer tools" according to their specific purposes.

System Requirements[edit]

  • an x86 64-bit processor which supports Intel Streaming SIMD Extensions 4.2 (Intel® SSE 4.2)
  • a system that supports UEFI

See also[edit]


  1. "Clear Linux* Project". clearlinux.org. Retrieved 2019-06-02. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)

External links[edit]

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