Taste the GNOME Vanilla experience on Ubuntu with some spice.
This page is the official documentation for Vanilla OS components.
Check out Handbook for user-written guides and tutorials.
Answers to the most frequently asked questions about Vanilla OS.
Why a new Distribution?
Vanilla OS arose out of the need for an Ubuntu-based Linux distribution that would provide vanilla GNOME without any changes to the user experience. Later, its scope got extended to experiment with some tools and technologies, such as ABRoot and Apx (the Distrobox-based subsystem).
Does it use OSTree?
No. Vanilla OS achieves immutability through
ABRoot[previously achieved through
almost]. Usage of OSTree may be considered in the future.
almostutility for On-Demand Immutability based on the immutability attribute of files. This approach worked on any partition schema/file system.
We introduced a new utility ABRoot replacing the
almostutility to provide full immutability and atomicity, by transacting between 2 root partitions (A⟺B). It also allows on-demand transactions via a transactional shell.
No. Vanilla OS is a point release and follows the Ubuntu release cycle.
Core Components Docs
is a container-based package manager that allows installing packages from other distributions in a sandboxed environment.
is a utility that allows fully atomic transactions between 2 root partitions (A⟺B).
is a utility that allows you to perform maintenance tasks on your Vanilla OS installation.
allows you to make your system immutable by simply toggling the i attribute of files.
apps for Vanilla OS requires some considerations and guidelines to be followed.